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Kalam undergoes non-invasive corrective procedure
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 7
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who had suffered a shoulder bone fracture, today underwent a non-invasive corrective procedure and his condition is stated to be fine.

“Today morning, under short general anaesthesia, closed reduction of the fracture has been done. Dr Kalam had uneventful recovery and is cheerful. His condition is fine,” Major Gen L.P. Sadhotra, Commandant of the Army Hospital, Research and Referral, said.

The President, who suffered a fracture in neck of humerus (right shoulder) following a slip during walk in the Herbal Garden in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, was admitted to the Army Hospital late last evening.

While initially it was decided that Dr Kalam would undergo an operation, this morning top doctors met and decided instead to treat the fracture without an invasive procedure, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson S.M. Khan said.

He was examined by a panel of orthopaedic surgeons from the Army as well as civil, including Brig B.K. Singh, Dr B. Shankaran, Dr B.N. Prasad, Dr S. Bhan and Dr Ashok Raj Gopal.

A closed reduction of a fracture is a procedure in which the doctor sets a broken bone without making an incision in the skin.

“This procedure is sufficient now. Tomorrow the panel of doctors will again examine Dr Kalam, only then it can be known what time he can be discharged and how much rest he will need,” Major-Gen Sadhotra said in a medical bulletin issued this evening.

Mr Khan said, “While the President was speaking to doctors, no visitors had been allowed yet.”

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