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Former defence minister Antony to undergo surgery at RML following brain haemorrhage

The Congress leader is undergoing conservative treatment as the doctors needed time to decide their next course of action

india Updated: Nov 30, 2017 14:32 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Former defence minister AK Antony.
Former defence minister AK Antony.(Hemant Mishra/Mint File Photo)

Former defence minister AK Antony, who suffered a “minor” brain haemorrhage at his home yesterday, will undergo surgery at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi, the hospital authorities said on Thursday.

A team of neurosurgeons held a meeting on Thursday and decided to conduct surgery on Antony, who is now undergoing conservative treatment as the doctors needed time to decide their next course of action.

Conservative management is a type of treatment in which doctors avoid invasive measures such as surgery, usually with the intent to preserve function or body.

Antony, 76, was admitted to the RML hospital after he “suffered a minor brain haemorrhage after he fell down at his home,” a hospital doctor said on condition of anonymity.

The senior Congress leader from Kerala was the defence minister during the previous UPA government. He served in that position for nearly seven-and-a-half years, the longest for an Indian defence minister.

Earlier this month, he had criticised the Centre for not accommodating the Rohingya refugees, who were escaping persecution in Myanmar, and cited the example of former prime minister Indira Gandhi who “insisted on protecting” refugees from Bangladesh.

“When more than one crore refugees came to India from Bangladesh in the 70s, former prime minister Indira Gandhi insisted on protecting them by disregarding the mighty seventh fleet of the US,” Antony had said, speaking at the launch of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists, Delhi.

First Published: Nov 30, 2017 14:30 IST

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