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Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health improves ‘significantly’, AIIMS docs expect full recovery soon

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath visits ailing former prime minister on Wednesday afternoon.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2018 17:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was diagnosed with urinary tract infection and chest congestion after he was rushed to AIIMS for a medical evaluation on Monday.(PTI File)

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health has improved significantly, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) reported on Wednesday.

“We are hoping for a full recovery in the next few days,” said Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS director, who heads a team of five doctors attending to Vajpayee.

The former prime minister was diagnosed with urinary tract infection and chest congestion after he was rushed to AIIMS for a medical evaluation on Monday. Doctors monitoring his health condition detected low urine output, which is indicative of impaired kidney functions. Vajpayee was then put on a regimen of injectible antibiotics and made to undergo slow dialysis, a procedure where the blood of a patient with acute kidney injury is artificially purified of toxins in order to give the organ a chance to recuperate.

“He (Vajpayee) has shown significant improvement and his kidney functions have improved with good urine output. His vital parameters – blood pressure, heart rate and breathing – are also normal,” a hospital release stated.

The hospital had reported on Tuesday that the former prime minister was responding well to treatment.

Hospital sources said Vajpayee has been admitted to the intensive care unit of the cardio-neuro centre at AIIMS to prevent further infection. The entire floor has also been cordoned off. He is being monitored by a team of five doctors, comprising Dr Guleria (a pulmonologist), nephrologist Dr Soumita Bagchi, cardiac surgeon Dr SK Chaudhary and gastroenterologist Dr Pramod Garg.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath – who dropped by the hospital on Wednesday afternoon – became the latest high-profile politician to visit the ailing Vajpayee.

Former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda; senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi; Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat; Union minister for food processing industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti; minister of state for health Ashwini Kumar Choubey; BJP MP Kalraj Mishra; and former parliamentarian Ashwani Kumar had visited Vajpayee at AIIMS on Tuesday.

First Published: Jun 13, 2018 17:47 IST