Manmohan to have heart bypass surgery
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will undergo a heart-bypass surgery in the next seven to ten days at the All India Institute of Medical Science. No date has been fixed for the surgery, reports Sanchita Sharma.delhi Updated: Jan 23, 2009 00:40 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will undergo a heart-bypass surgery in the next seven to ten days at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). No date has been fixed for the surgery.
“Several dates are being considered but the final decision will be taken by the prime minister and his family. It is, however, likely to be after January 26,” said a doctor, who did not want to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The decision to go for bypass surgery was taken because the prime minister was diagnosed with multiple blockages in his heart. Singh has a history of heart problems: he had a bypass surgery in 1990 and an angioplasty for stent implantation in 2003.
As mentioned by HT on Wednesday, doctors who examined the PM advised him to get his heart condition treated soon.
“This does not mean that the prime minister is in any danger,” said the doctor. “If he was critical, the surgery would have been done when he was here on Wednesday. A bypass surgery over the weekend would mean that the prime minister would have to miss the Republic Day parade. He has to decide. We, on our part, are fully prepared for surgery at a short notice.”
This weekend is being considered because of the three-day holiday, which will make security arrangements easier. “There will be fewer patients at AIIMS and the medical college will be shut,” said a health ministry official. “So security arrangements will inconvenience fewer people.”
The cardiothoracic team at AIIMS will do the surgery with assistance from surgeons such as Dr Samin K. Sharma, director of Interventional Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York City, and Dr Ramakant Panda from the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai.
“We want the best team possible,” said a doctor. “Dr Panda is an expert in revision bypass and Dr Sharma in angioplasty. So we have them both here on standby.”