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PM discharged after 8-day stay at AIIMS

india Updated: Feb 02, 2009 00:29 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recuperating after a coronary by-pass surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was discharged early Sunday morning.

Singh, 76, left for home at 7.40 am, after an eight-day stay in the hospital. The decision to discharge Singh was taken by a team of doctors from Asian Heart Institute (AHI) led by surgeon Dr Ramakant Panda.

“The decision to discharge the PM couldn’t be taken by the doctors alone. While health is a concern, security is also an issue with the PM,” said a doctor attending to Singh.

According to a senior doctor at AIIMS, Singh slept comfortably through the night.

The doctors completed all the pre-discharge tests on Saturday.

The Prime Minister underwent a complex coronary 're-do' bypass surgery at AIIMS on January 24 and was put off ventilator support a day later, after doctors said he was making “excellent” recovery.

Ahead of the PM’s discharge, doctors had completed the process of installing all the required machines at his official residence to watch his health.

Cardiac rehabilitation specialist Dr Ashish Contractor and Critical care specialist Dr Vijay D’Silva, along with three nurses, all from AHI will monitor the Prime Minister's condition at his residence.

While Dr D’Silva will take care of the Prime Minister for a few days, Dr Contractor will stay back for a week, said hospital sources.

Dr Panda had earlier told HT, that it will not be before another week that he could start doing some non-strenuous official work, and not before a month that he could go to office.