Atal Bihari Vajapyee’s condition critical, on life support system; AIIMS


NATIONAL | August 16, 2018:

Former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee's condition continues to be critical after he was put on life support on Wednesday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Vajpayee, 93, is on life support system at the country's premier health institute where he had been undergoing treatment for the last nine weeks.

AIIMS in the last statement issued late on Wednesday said, "Unfortunately, Atal Bihari Vajpayee's condition has worsened over the last 24 hours. His condition is critical and he is on life support system," .

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The BJP stalwart has been under the supervision of Dr Randeep Guleria, a pulmonologist and currently the Director of AIIMS. Guleria had served as personal physician to Vajpayee for over three decades.

The hospital was flooded with politicians cutting across party lines. Among those who visited the BJP stalwart at the hospital on Thursday were Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP chief Amit Shah, Home Minister Raj Nath Singh, senior BJP leader LK Advani, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Uma Bharti, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and NC president Farooq Abdullah.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to enquire about Vajpayee's health and reportedly spent 15 minutes with Vajpayee on Wednesday, .

On Saturday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP National President Amit Shah had visited Vajpayee.

On Wednesday, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi also paid a visit to the hospital.

Vajpayee has only one functional kidney and is also a diabetes patient, he was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 for what doctors had described as a routine check-up. He is being treated for a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.

In 2009, he had suffered a stroke, which weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.

Source: The statesman

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