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Doctors remove PM's stitches

Doctors attending on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who underwent a coronary by-pass surgery last month, today removed all his stitches and said that he is now leading a normal life.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2009 06:55 IST

Doctors attending on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who underwent a coronary by-pass surgery last month, today removed all his stitches and said that he is now leading a normal life.

"His stitches have been opened. Some were removed yesterday evening while others were removed today at around 11 AM. His condition is alright," the Prime Minister's personal physician Dr K S Reddy told PTI.

The stitches were removed by Dr Ramakant Panda, the surgeon from Mumbai's Asian Heart Institute (AHI) who had led the team of doctors which performed the successful operation.

Dr Panda has been here since yesterday for the job, Dr Dr Vijay D'silva, ICU specialist from AHI who was part of the operating team, said.

The 76-year-old Prime Minister "is leading a normal life and is having normal food. He is allowed to meet his officials," Dr D'silva said.

He said that the Prime Minister will also undergo physiotherapy sessions.

Dr D'silva also said that an X-ray was conducted on the Prime Minister. "X-ray is necessary for monitoring such patients after almost 15 days of surgery," he said.

Singh had undergone a 11-hour long coronary by-pass surgery to overcome multiple blockages to his heart on January 24 at AIIMS.