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PM taken off ventilator, making ‘excellent progress’

PM taken off ventilator, making ‘excellent progress’
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First Published: Mon, Jan 26 2009. 12 23 AM IST

Doing well: Manmohan Singh. Atul Yadav / PTI
Doing well: Manmohan Singh. Atul Yadav / PTI
Updated: Mon, Jan 26 2009. 12 23 AM IST
New Delhi: A day after undergoing an 11-hour-long coronary bypass surgery, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is making “excellent progress” and is eager to return to work as soon as possible, doctors attending on him said on Sunday.
Doing well: Manmohan Singh. Atul Yadav / PTI
“We are happy to inform that the Prime Minister is making excellent progress... He is fully conscious, quite comfortable and is eager to return to work as soon as possible,” K.S. Reddy, personal physician to the Prime Minister, said at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where five grafts were done to repair the blockages.
At a joint press conference with Ramakant Panda, the lead cardiac surgeon who carried out the repeat bypass, Vijay D’Silva (both from Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai) and Sampath Kumar, chief of cardio vascular unit of AIIMS, Dr Reddy said that in four weeks, Singh can resume normal work and could be fit even for a public meeting.
The tube through which respiratory assistance was given to the Prime Minister was removed on Sunday and he has been “breathing on his own”, he said, adding, “we are hoping to remove most of the monitoring lines as soon as possible”. Singh has been put on a liquid diet.
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First Published: Mon, Jan 26 2009. 12 23 AM IST