The world famous god man and Spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai
Baba passed away at his Sathya Sai super specialty hospital at Puttaparthi in
Andhra Pradesh's at 7.40 am this morning
due to multi-organ failure. The final
cause of death as it is usually in this condition declared as cardio-respiratory failure.
He was admitted to the hospitals on March 28
problems of breathing. His condition has
been critical for the last few days and he was put on ventilator support and
was undergoing regular hemodailysis.
Multi-Organ Failure is commonly due to infection or injury (either accident or post surgery) where
there maybe blood loss and hypo-perfusion of organs or a combination of both
injury and sepsis. There is usually
an uncontrolled inflammatory response called systemic inflammatory response
syndrome (SIRS). Respiratory failure occurs
commonly in the first 72 hours and the membranes of the lungs fail to exchange
of oxygen and carbon-di-oxide - this causes accumulation of carbon-di-oxide in the tissues
making the cells of the body sick and dysfunctional. Following the lungs other organs start failing
like the kidney, liver, heart and there may also be gastro-intestinal bleeding. Mortality from such condition varies and is
anything between 30% to 100%. This has not changed much since 1980 despite all
the advancement in care of the patients.
The doctors and the police have appealed to his
followers to be calm and not rush to hospital. The roads to the hospital have been blocked and shops
have been ordered to close at the town of Puttaparthi. His followers came from
all walks of life. He sustained a hip
fracture in 2006 and since then he was confined to a wheel chair and gave
darshan from his car or a portable chair.
There are no real miracles that happen in the world of
medicine and Baba was no different. His condition worsened despite the best
care and he succumbed in the end leaving many of his millions of followers
He was born on 23 November 1926 in a modest family in
Puttaparthi as Satyanarayana Raju and at
the age of 14 declared himself a
reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. His trust is estimated at over Rs.50,000
crores. How the trust is likely to be controlled
is likely to be an issue over the next few weeks. One can now only pray that
the good work of the trust continues and helps people overcome their suffering -
a small miracle is required to sustain it and this is where one last miracle is
required from the Baba.