Noted singer and violinist Balabhaskar remains critical post-surgery, said doctors from Ananthapuri Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram where he was admitted along with his wife, Lakshmi, following a car accident on the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
Dr Marthandan Pillai of the Neurology Department at Ananthapuri Hospital, who performed the surgery, spoke to TNM and stated that the singer’s condition could only be assessed in a few days time.
“Balabhaskar is very critical. He has sustained multiple organ failure and there are multiple fractures in his legs. His neck was dislocated and in order to correct this, we took him up for surgery,” said Dr Marthandan Pillai, “He is currently on ventilator support as his lungs are severely damaged. We cannot say what the condition is at present. We will monitor him for a few days and see.”
The singer’s wife Lakshmi has sustained multiple fractures in different parts of the body and is on ventilator, but is recovering.
The singer-musician and his family met with an accident at Pallipuram, near his home town of Thiruvananthapuram, in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The couple and their 2-year-old daughter, Tejasvini, were on the way back from a temple trip in Thrissur when the car crashed into a tree.
While the couple was rushed to a nearby hospital, Tejasvini, sadly could not be saved.
Their driver, Arjun, too was reported to have sustained minor injuries. As per Mangalapuram police, who tended to the accident, there were suspicions that the driver may have dozed off on the way back, causing him to ram into the tree.
Balabhaskar is a noted musician who began his music career at the mere age of 12. He composed a soundtrack for the Malayalam film Mangalya Pallak, and is the youngest music composer to have worked in the industry. He is well-known for his unique South Indian fusion music.