Former finance minister Arun Jaitley. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
Former finance minister Arun Jaitley. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Former FM Jaitley’s condition improves

  • Jaitley was admitted at the AIIMS, New Delhi, last Friday after complaining of breathlessness and uneasiness
  • AIIMS constituted a committee of doctors, headed by professor V.K. Bahl, head of cardiology department, to treat Jaitley

NEW DELHI: Former Union minister Arun Jaitley’s condition has improved, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan’s office said on Monday. Jaitley, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, was admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, last Friday after complaining of breathlessness and uneasiness, and is in the intensive care unit of the Cardiothoracic and Neurosciences Centre of AIIMS.

The premier medical institute constituted a committee of doctors, headed by professor V.K. Bahl, head of cardiology department, AIIMS, to treat Jaitley.

Jaitley opted out of public office in the second term of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government for health reasons.

Jaitley had also written to Modi that he would not like to be part of the cabinet because of health challenges, but had offered to undertake informal work for the government and the BJP.

In September 2014, Jaitley had undergone bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition. In May 2018, he underwent renal transplant at AIIMS, as he had been suffering from a kidney ailment. In January, he had a surgery in the US for soft tissue cancer.

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