Former union minister Arun Jaitley (Reuters file)
Former union minister Arun Jaitley (Reuters file)

Arun Jaitley's condition stable; monitored by team of doctors

  • Arun Jaitley is currently in the intensive care unit of the Cardiothoracic and Neurosciences Centre of AIIMS
  • The former union minister was admitted on Friday morning with complaints of breathlessness and uneasiness

New Delhi: Former union minister Arun Jaitley, admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), maintained all his vital parameters on Saturday and was in a stable condition, hospital sources said.

The premier medical institute has constituted a committee of doctors for Jaitely's treatment, which is being headed by professor V.K. Bahl, head of cardiology department, AIIMS.

Other doctors engaged in Jaitley's treatment include Nikhil Tandon from the endocrinology department, Sandeep Mahajan from the nephrology department, Karan Madan from pulmonary medicine and Samir Bakshi from the medical oncology department of AIIMS.

Jaitley was admitted on Friday morning with complaints of breathlessness and uneasiness.

Jaitley is currently in the intensive care unit of the Cardiothoracic and Neurosciences Centre of the premier medical institute. He is being constantly monitored by the doctors.

Vice-president M. Venkaiah Naidu visited the hospital to check on Jaitley's health on Saturday, and was told by doctors that the former union minister was responding to the treatment, sources said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, health minister Harsh Vardhan and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla visited AIIMS on Friday evening to see the ailing senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader.

Jaitley, who opted out of public office in the second term of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government for health reasons, had earlier undergone treatment for kidney-related problems.

Before the Cabinet formation, Jaitley had 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. Jaitley spearheaded India’s indirect tax reforms and the introduction of a modern bankruptcy code as finance minister in the previous NDA regime. Jaitley, who also held the corporate affairs portfolio, led a drive to weed out shell companies used by tax evaders.

Earlier, in September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

In May 2018, he underwent renal transplant surgery at AIIMS, Delhi, as he had been suffering from a kidney ailment and had been undergoing dialysis. More recently, he also underwent treatment in the US in January this year for a surgery for soft tissue cancer.

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