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Chose Sunday to avoid trouble to commuters
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 1
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was today relieved from AIIMS, a week after he underwent a redo heart bypass surgery at the institute on January 24. “He has been an ideal, humble and very cooperative patient,” said his doctors, after the PM left for his 7, Race Course residence at 7.50 am today.

Singh chose a Sunday for discharge from the hospital to save commuters the trouble that a VVIP cavalcade movement normally causes. His early discharge was earlier being contemplated but for the choice of a Sunday to avoid trouble to other patients, said doctors, who completed pre-discharge tests on the PM yesterday.

He would be able to return to work within two to four weeks, said Dr Ramakanta Panda, the chief surgeon who led the team that fixed multiple blockages in Singh’s coronary arteries. Dr Panda said the PM was able to recover fast due to his strong will and urge to get back to work. He added the first thing the PM had enquired about after gaining consciousness was the state of the nation.

The doctors have prepared a strict schedule for him to follow from his residence and said he could do his work from his house, but could not meet anyone for the time being. The PM would have to be kept in a sterile surrounding till he recovers fully. He has been recommended a normal diet and regular physiotherapy at home.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, who visited the PM in the hospital before his discharge this morning, said “He has been reading office files from the hospital as well. At this pace, he can return to work within three weeks. He even took a long walk in the institute yesterday. In fact, we asked him to go slow.”

The experts, including Dr Panda and K Srinath Reddy, the PM’s personal physician, would be monitoring him, with Dr Reddy today saying that the PM’s stitches would be removed next week.

The PM is, meanwhile, expected to attend the last day of the 14th Parliament session which winds up on February 26 after starting on February 12. His other functions will be performed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, leader of the Lok Sabha.

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