External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant three days ago, was shifted out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at AIIMS on Tuesday and was recovering well, reports said. The 64-year-old minister is likely to be discharged in another seven to ten days, senior hospital officials told PTI.
"The minister has been shifted out of the ICU to a private ward of the Cardio-Neuro Centre. Her post-surgery recovery is on the expected lines," AIIMS Director Dr M C Mishra was quoted as saying by PTI.
He said her recovery is being closely monitored by a team of transplant surgeons, physicians (endocrinologist, nephrologist, cardiologist and pulmonologist) and anaesthesist besides critical care expert, physiotherapist and transplant specialists. "She is likely to be discharged in another seven or 10 days," Mishra added.
Swaraj had undergone a kidney transplant on Saturday with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor. According to Mishra, the woman who donated her kidney to the minister is also in the process of being discharged.
"During transplant surgeries, the recipient is put on Immunosuppressants in order to lower the body's ability to reject a transplanted organ.
"That is the reason why the minister, after the transplant, was shifted to ICU and kept in isolation to avoid any infection," a senior doctor at AIIMS said.
Messages for Swaraj
The political fraternity and many eminent personalities wished speedy recovery to the external affairs minister. Considering Sushma's Twitter presence and her efforts to use the medium to do good, Twitter India made this video for Sushma:
— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) December 12, 2016
@SushmaSwaraj happy to know about successful kidney transplant, prayers and best wishes for speedy and complete recovery
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) December 10, 2016
Wishing speedy recovery to @SushmaSwaraj Ji after successful surgery. Our prayers and best wishes.
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) December 11, 2016
I pray Almighty to provide strength to adarniya @SushmaSwaraj ji & wish her a speedy recovery to continue her active service to the nation.
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) December 10, 2016
Happy to know that Smt. @SushmaSwaraj ji's kidney transplant operation has been successful. I pray for her speedy recovery and good health.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) December 10, 2016
My best wishes to @SushmaSwaraj ji for speedy recovery.
— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) December 10, 2016
AIIMS earlier had stated that the surgery of Swaraj was successful and uneventful.
Swaraj's nearly six-hour long surgery was performed by a team of 50 personnel led by Dr Mukut Minz, former head of the department of renal transplant surgery at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and Dr V K Bansal from AIIMS. Minz is currently with Fortis, Mohali. A team of transplant anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other support staff assisted them.
On 16 November, Swaraj herself had posted on Twitter that she was in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Swaraj, who has been in and out of the hospital for last few months, was admitted to AIIMS on 7 November. After Swaraj made her health conditions public on social media, several people had offered their kidneys to her.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Dec 14, 2016 15:45:13 IST