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Kalmadi suffers memory loss, undergoes MRI test
ABHIMANYU SINGH  24th Jul 2011

Suresh Kalmadi

Suresh Kalmadi, former chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, currently lodged in Tihar jail, underwent an MRI (magnetic resonance therapy) scan last week at LNJP hospital in the capital, after he complained to the prison authorities about instances of memory loss.

"He is suffering from frequent memory loss," said a source in Tihar jail. It is common medical knowledge that memory loss in the aged is often the first and the most recognisable symptom of dementia. The test was conducted at the radiotherapy department of LNJP hospital since Deen Dayal hospital, which is Tihar's nodal hospital, did not have the required facilities.

Kalmadi had earlier petitioned the special CBI court, where his case is under trial for charges of corruption in organising the Commonwealth Games, to undergo the test. The Tihar jail doctor had recommended his petition.

"He had the test conducted three days ago. It took around four hours. He was accompanied by a team of Delhi police to the hospital," the source said.

The test report has been prepared. "We have sent the report to the jail authorities," said Manju Mehra, additional medical superintendent with LNJP hospital.

The court has now asked the Tihar jail doctor to study the report and suggest if further medical action is required. "The test report has been sent to Deen Dayal hospital," said the source. On its part, LNJP hospital has not asked Kalmadi to come back for further tests, jail sources added. However, treatment is to continue. Kalmadi is a diabetes patient and has undergone a heart bypass surgery in the past.

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