Sonia Gandhi complains of breathing difficulties while in Shimla on vacation; condition stable now

Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, who was in Shimla along with her daughter Priyanka Vadra, was rushed to New Delhi on Friday following an onset of ill health, officials said.

Gandhi was on her way to Chandigarh when she complained of breathing difficulties, according to a report in India Today. She was then admitted to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh at around 11:15 pm on Thursday night.

File image of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. PTI

File image of Sonia Gandhi. PTI

A report in The Indian Express said Sonia's doctors at PGIMER advised her to travel to Delhi for treatment. Thereafter, she flew to New Delhi on Friday morning by an 8.30 am flight.

Cold conditions due to a fall in temperature owing to rains and a thunderstorm in Shimla and adjoining areas was the primary cause of Gandhi's health complication, The Indian Express report quoted officials as saying.

"Her condition was stable. She took a short break after travelling on the Shimla-Panchkula road, and stayed at a hotel near Panchkula before a special flight was arranged for her to travel to Delhi this morning. She reached the Panchkula hotel at around 2.35 am," a medical superintendent at the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Ramesh Chand, who accompanied the Congress leader from Shimla to Chandigarh, was quoted as saying in The Indian Express report.

Sonia Gandhi and her daughter were staying at the Wildflower Hall, an Oberoi Group luxury resort. The family arrived in Shimla on Wednesday and visited Chharabra where Priyanka's cottage is being constructed.

With inputs from IANS


Updated Date: Mar 23, 2018 13:16 PM

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