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Vajpayee still in ICU, but stable

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is being treated for a chest infection at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, is stable and showing signs of improvement, doctors said on Tuesday.

delhi Updated: Feb 17, 2009 11:50 IST

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is being treated for a chest infection at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, is stable and showing signs of improvement, doctors said on Tuesday.

"Vajpayee is in the ICU (intensive care unit). His condition is stable and improving. He is off the ventilator and his vital parameters like blood pressure level, liver and kidney are stable," said AIIMS Medical Superintendent DK Sharma.

Vajpayee was taken off the ventilator on Sunday. The octogenarian leader underwent a tracheotomy surgery for smoother airway management and was put on minimal ventilator support on Saturday.

Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure in the neck to open a direct airway through an incision in the windpipe.

The veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader was admitted to the hospital after he complained of difficulty in breathing on Feb 3.