Tunda 'hale and hearty' at AIIMS, say docs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 26, 2013 01:10 IST

A day after he was fitted with an artificial pacemaker to help control his abnormal heart rhythms, Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Abdul Karim Tunda is recuperating well at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

"Initially, a temporary pacemaker was used but considering his condition, it was decided to implant a permanent one," said a hospital source.

"We are monitoring his condition continuously. His blood sugar level is high and the pulse and blood pressure is on the lower side. He has a history of chronic diabetes," said a doctor, requesting anonymity.

Seventy-year-old Tunda was admitted to the intensive cardiac care unit of AIIMS on Friday after he complained of chest pain.

He was first taken to the neighbouring Safdarjung Hospital on Thursday night and later shifted to AIIMS due to security concerns.

A series of tests, including an electrocardiogram (ECG) and angiography, showed there was a blockage in his artery that was causing irregular heart rhythm.

He was taken to the cath lab at around 2.45 pm on Saturday for the procedure. According to hospital sources, court proceedings were conducted in the AIIMS ICCU before the procedure, with the Metropolitan Magistrate visiting the institute. Tunda was also allowed to speak to his family in Pakistan.


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