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PMs bypass surgery successful
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 24
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is stable and responding after a team of 11 experts successfully conducted a coronary bypass graft surgery on him here today.

The redo bypass operation lasted 11 hours during which the cardiac experts successfully removed multiple blockages in the coronary arteries of the Prime Minister. In all, five bypasses were made.

We did five bypasses in 11 hours. The Prime Minister withstood the operation very well and was ready for it. He is very, very stable and was so throughout the surgery, Dr Ramakanta Panda, chief surgeon said around 10.20 pm, when the doctors released the first medical bulletin.

On reasons for a prolonged surgery, Panda said doctors did not look at clocks when saving lives. He further explained that redo bypass surgery normally took longer than an angioplasty.

This particular surgery also took long because it was the second bypass on the Prime Minister, and he had multiple blockages in the arteries.

The Prime Minister will be off the ventilator in another three hours, but will remain in the hospital for another eight days, said Panda. Though he would be able to resume most of his functions within four weeks, Manmohan Singh would take six weeks to be fully fit, his personal physician Dr KS Reddy said.

The surgery commenced at 8.45 am and ended at 7.30 pm, after which the Prime Minister was shifted back to the ICU around 8.55 pm. He was brought to the operation theatre at 6.40 am.



PMs Health Diary

AIIMS bends rules

A new era of private-government doctors association has started at AIIMS for the first time, with the institute allowing private doctors from outside to perform coronary artery surgery on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. However, Heart Care Foundation of India executive vice-chairman KK Aggarwal has demanded a proper policy so that the facility of inviting experts from private hospitals at AIIMS be available to other patients as well. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who underwent knee surgery by noted US-based surgeon Chittranjan Ranawat, had to be admitted in a private hospital in Mumbai as no such policy was in place then.

Sisters pray at gurdwara

Concerned at their brother's health, Preetam Kaur and Naveen Kaur, two sisters of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Saturday joined a mass prayer at a gurdwara in Kolkata amidst report of all faith prayers being held in different parts of the city for the successful heart surgery of the prime minister. Accompanied by senior priests at Taratala gurdwara in south Kolkata, the two sisters went for the prayer at 9 am. It was not known from the family sources whether the two sisters would be leaving for New Delhi. Preetam Kaur had recently been to Delhi to enquire about the health of her brother.

Fifth to suffer during tenure

Manmohan Singh is not the only one to face health problems while holding the most powerful post in the country, as four of his predecessors suffered ailments during their tenure, including the country's first premier Jawahar Lal Nehru. The recent was Atal Bihari Vajpayee who in November 2000 underwent a knee joint replacement surgery. PV Narasimha Rao also had a heart problem due to which he had to take repeated medical aid. Similarly, Lal Bahadur Shastri suffered a heart attack in 1964.

For first time, a PM to miss R-Day

It will be perhaps the first time since India became a Republic that the Prime Minister will miss the Republic Day celebrations. When the nation celebrates the 59th Republic Day on Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be recuperating from a bypass surgery at AIIMS. The PM traditionally goes to Amar Jawan Jyoti, the martyrs memorial at India Gate, before the start of Republic Day parade every year to place a wreath.

Bouquets from Pak, prayers in Bhutan

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani sent bouquets of flowers to India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who underwent a bypass surgery on Saturday. Notably, India's relations with Pakistan have been tense since the November Mumbai attacks. In neighbouring Bhutan, hundreds of Buddhist monks held special prayers for the Indian Prime Minister. Agencies



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