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Singer Cacho Castaña still in critical condition

Musician Cacho Castaña.

Singer-songwriter Cacho Castaña, a creative force in tango and música popular, remains in hospital for treatment of a respiratory ailment, sources from the Sanatorio Los Arcos reported yesterday. He remains in critical condition.

Castaña is still breathing with the help of a mechanical ventilator and has been sedated pharmacologically, the report continued. He is being treated with antibiotics, which help improve oxygen circulation, according to the medical report.

Castaña is in the intensive care unit of the Sanatorio Los Arcos, but “I think things are a bit better now,” doctor Alfredo Cahe told reporters outside the clinic. Castaña, who had to be rushed to hospital on Tuesday, hasn’t still come to. A heavy smoker, Castaña was hospitalized for treatment of an acute lung ailment aggravated by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ischemic heart disease, circulatory shock and acute kidney failure.

“Certain parameters are still uncertain,” Cahe said, “but the respiratory infection is under control now.”

Castaña, 71, had to be hospitalized on several occasions for respiratory ailments provoked by his tobbaco addiction. He was last admitted into hospital earlier in April and, prior to that, in May, 2011, and in December, 2010.

He was operated on in 2005 by a team of cardiologists headed by Dr. Luis De la Fuente. Castaña received a triple drug-eluting tent implant.

The singer’s last showbiz activity was as panel member on the TV entertainment show Buenos Aires, with media personalities Héctor “Bambino” Veira, Alfio “Coco” Basile, Guillermo Cóppola and TV host Beto Casella.

As for his music, Castaña performed two shows in November last at the Teatro Gran Rex. Entitled Cacho Castaña, aquellos viejos amores, the show featured his big hits, which he performed to the accompaniment of twenty musicians and several dancers.

—Herald with online media

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