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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

Sunanda’s leaked medical report reveals she had lupus

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Thiruvananthapuram, January 20, 2014
First Published: 21:08 IST(20/1/2014) | Last Updated: 21:13 IST(20/1/2014)

A leaked medical report of Sunanda Pushkar, who was found dead in a Delhi hotel room on Friday, confirmed she had lupus, a chronic immune disorder which damages healthy tissues. It, however, said the condition was not in a life-threatening stage when diagnosed.

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The wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor was undergoing treatment at the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) days before she was found dead. The couple had returned from Kerala after her three-day stay at KIMS last week.

The hospital had earlier claimed that Pushkar was not suffering from any serious ailment and that during her stay at the hospital, she was only prescribed simple medication.

She had mentioned visiting the hospital in one of her last few tweets. “Got so many issues diagnosed in KIMS that now who know when I got 2 to go with joy hastay hua jayegay.” Though the 52-year-old had admitted she was suffering from a number of health conditions, the hospital’s refusal to confirm any serious disorder had taken people by surprise.

According to the leaked report, Pushkar was suffering from various diseases including heightened photo-sensitivity, arthritis and lupus.

“Lupus and Sjogren’s Syndrome are auto-immune disorders. The term ‘overlap syndrome’ is used when many these diseases and others co-exist. Auto-immune disorders are conditions in which the person’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissues. There is no cure for these diseases,” said the three-page report which also carried her brief medical history. Though she was prescribed simple routine, Pushkar, who was Tharoor’s third wife, was asked to report back to the hospital on January 20.

Asked why the hospital earlier claimed Pushkar was not suffering from any serious health condition, a senior doctor said on condition of anonymity that it was the duty of the hospital to keep the report confidential. He added that the administration did not want to be dragged into any controversy.

In Delhi, doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday concluded in an autopsy report that drug overdose was the cause of Pushkar’s death.

"Drug overdose", which in other words could be called drug poisoning, has been cited as the cause of death in the conclusion by doctors, according to sources at the medical facility.

The autopsy report was submitted in the evening to Alok Sharma, sub-divisional magistrate, who is holding inquest proceedings after the death under the provisions of the Criminal Procedural Code.

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