Popular playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at MGM Healthcare Hospital in Chennai for over a month, tested negative for the disease on Monday. However, the veteran singer continues to be on ventilator support as his lung function hasn't seen desired improvement.
Taking to social media, the singer's son S.P. Charan said they were hoping for good news over the weekend. "We were expecting dad's lungs to improve so that we could remove the ventilator," he said, adding, "unfortunately, we are still not at that point where we can remove the machine."
The good news is that he is now COVID-19 negative, Charan said.
The lungs are taking time to heal, he said.
"Other than that, over the weekend we had a small celebration for mom and dad for their wedding anniversary. Dad is watching a lot of tennis and cricket on his iPad; he is happy that the seasons have started. He looking forward to the IPL. He is writing and communicating a lot and is not under sedation. He is very clear and bright and physiotherapy is going on as planned," Charan said, and thanked everyone for their love and prayers.