Sonia undergoes shoulder surgery, to be out of ICU soon

  • Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2016 21:37 IST
Congress president Sonia Gandhi fell ill while visiting Varanasi on August 2. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi underwent surgery to repair a shoulder fracture at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and is “recovering well”, doctors said on Thursday.

Mumbai-based orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sanjay Desai flew to Delhi for the surgery, which took three hours late Wednesday night. “She had dislocated and fractured her left shoulder in a fall. We relocated the ball and fixed the fracture using plates and screws,” Dr Desai said.

“She is fine and should be fit to be discharged in a couple of days. However, she will need physiotherapy.”

The 69-year-old sustained the fracture when she fell due to a dizzy spell, brought on by acute dehydration, during a roadshow in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday. She was flown back to Delhi on a chartered flight close to midnight.

Gandhi was taken straight to the Research & Referral (Army) Hospital, where she was treated in the intensive care unit for an electrolyte imbalance that was causing dizziness, blood pressure fluctuations, muscle weakness and vomiting. She was shifted to Ganga Ram on Wednesday to be under the care of her personal physician, pulmonologist Dr Arup Basu.

An official statement from Ganga Ram said her health parameters were “showing improvement” and “she is soon going to be shifted out of ICU”.

A bout of viral fever had forced the Congress chief to miss Parliament on Monday.

She is scheduled to travel to Allahabad on August 16 for another round of campaigning for the assembly elections due early next year, but may have to cancel the visit, Congress sources said.

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