Just was looking at jyoti basu`s chart. Virgo lagna, mars is the marak planet. Mars transiting over Asc lord mercury is a bad time. Now it is retrograde, so the effect is going to multiply. Lookign at Bhrigu Bindu, it is also in Cancer at 22 degree 31 minutes. Mars will travel particularly at that point on 11th Jan 09 at around 3 am. So 10th night to early morning till 11th is very bad and may be fatal as well.
I wish that he recovers well. Rest All is GOD,