Adding a royal feather to his surgical cap, Indore-origin medico Dr Bharat Rawat performed an angiography and angioplasty on Nepal’s last king Gyanendra Shah, 67, after the ex-monarch suffered a heart attack on Saturday evening.
Gyanendra, who ascended to the throne after his brother along with the latter’s family was killed in a shootout at the palace, was admitted to Norvic Hospital, Kathmandu, late last evening and was operated upon by a team of doctors led by Dr Rawat.
"One of his arteries was completely blocked, while the other had 80 per cent blockage," Dr Rawat told this reporter over the phone.
"We have operated on one artery and left the other one to be treated with medication," said Dr Rawat who has won large admirers in Nepal and elsewhere for providing state-of-the-art medical treatment to poor residents with heart ailments totally free of cost.
The cardiologist, whose parents continue to live in Indore, obtained a medical degree from MGM Medical College and followed it up with an MD from MYH Hospital in ‘94.
In response to a question Dr Rawat said although the recovery was satisfactory the prognosis would depend on whether the royal made lifestyle changes. "If he quits smoking and takes some exercise the prognosis will be good," he pointed out.
Dr Rawat who also treated the two Sherpas who survived the high-altitude avalanche during an Everest expedition in April, was granted a fellowship by The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SPCI) in recognition of his services to cardiac patients in 2014.