Doctors still baffled over T&T chutney star’s illness

(Trinidad Express) After a month of treatment, doctors are still unsure what caused chutney singer Rajin Dhanraj to end up unconscious and unresponsive at hospital.

Dhanraj, 24, is  warded at  the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.

He spent more than two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was recently moved to another section of the hospital.

Vijay Ramlal-Rai, president of the National Chutney Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago, said he was unable to visit Dhanraj in ICU because of the restrictions but was liaising with staff members concerning the singer’s health.

Rajin Dhanraj
Rajin Dhanraj

Last month, the Express was told that Dhanraj was is in a semi-conscious state and tests were done and sent abroad for results that should return within two weeks.

A friend close to the Dhanraj family dismissed rumours that Dhanraj attempted to hurt himself.

Ramlal-Rai said yesterday, he was not sure if those results were returned.

He said Dhanraj remained in a semi-conscious state, unable to identify those close to him.

He said, “It is a very sad and unfortunate situation. He is a very talented guy and this will be a setback for him.”

Last month, Chutney star Rikki Jai offered support saying Dhanraj was a “gentleman in the business” who was always willing to help other artistes.

Dhanraj who became famous for his song “Go Nah” was Synergy’s TV Chutney Star in 2008.

This year he placed second in the final of the National Chutney Soca Monarch, the competition held annually on Indian Arrival Day.

It was on that night that Dhanraj was told he became a father. The news was announced during the competition. His baby died in June.

Ramlal-Rai said Dhanraj was involved in the campaign trail for the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) headed by its interim leader Jack Warner before he fell ill.


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