Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who is recuperating from a shoulder reconstruction surgery, developed an infection, delaying her discharge from the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi on Thursday.
Doctors had earlier in the day said the 69-year-old politician’s condition was “normal”, but were concerned about a fever she was running.
Gandhi’s health suffered from viral fever, severe dehydration, and dislocation and fracture of her left shoulder during her Varasnasi roadshow on August 2, but had improved enough for doctors to consider discharging her on Wednesday.
“Today morning, a team of doctors has examined Mrs Gandhi, and advised her to remain in hospital on account of fever due to infection in the body. She is on antibiotics and is showing signs of improvement from the infection,” read the health bulletin released by the hospital on Thursday.
“She was admitted to the hospital with fever, dehydration and shoulder injury,” the statement read.
Last week, the Congress president was flown in to Delhi from Varanasi in a serious condition on August 3. She had had a dizzy spell, leading to a fall that caused the dislocation and fracture of her left shoulder. She was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) of west Delhi’s Ganga Ram hospital.
Mumbai-based Dr Sanjay Desai, a specialist in shoulder reconstruction, was immediately flown in for Gandhi’s surgery the same day.
She was later shifted to Ganga Ram from Research & Referral (Army) Hospital, where she recovered from a massive electrolyte imbalance.
On Tuesday midnight, she was taken to the emergency ward for fever, high blood pressure and dehydration.
Gandhi had been running a fever for a few days before leaving for Varanasi.