Former Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee announced his after is ‘still alive and hemodynamically stable’ after fake news about the ex-president’s death started to circulate on social media.
Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai apparently broke the fake news that the President is no more after he himself fell prey to discredited information about the president’s demise.
The post has now been deleted and Sardesai has publicly apologized for ‘for falling for fake news being circulated on Pranab Mukherjee passing away,’ he said on Twitter.
Twitter user posted a now-deleted tweet that ignited the wrong information.
“I am deeply distraught for falling for this fake news.. it was unprofessional of me to not reconfirm it before tweeting.”
“Speculations & fake news being circulated by reputed Journalists on social media clearly reflects that Media in India has become a factory of Fake News,” Pranab Mukherjee’s son said on Twitter.
Speaking about the health condition of Mr. Mukherjee, he continues to remain critical and on ventilation support, Army’s Research and Referral hospital said on Thursday.
“The condition of Hon’ble Shri Pranab Mukherjee remains unchanged this morning. He is deeply comatose with stable vital parameters and he continues to be on ventilatory support,” the hospital said on a statement, India Today Chief Editor Shiv Aroor reports.
Former President Mukherjee, 84, tested positive for the novel coronavirus shortly after a brain clot surgery he had. However, doctors have said his vitals are on the check.
A person is said to be hemodynamically stable when the patient’s heart pumps blood normally, keeping the circulatory system running supporting the other vital organs, according to Abiomed.
Mukherjee’s daughter, Sharmisthya Mukherjee wrote: “Rumours about my father is false. Request, esp’ly to media, NOT to call me as I need to keep my phone free for any updates from the hospital.”
“On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today,” the former president tweeted on 10th August announcing his COVID-positive results.