Vajpayee developed pneumonia, condition stable: AIIMS doctors

February 4th, 2009 - 10:26 pm ICT by ANI  

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New Delhi, Feb.4 (ANI): Doctors attending to former prime minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Atal Behari Vajpayee on Wednesday said he had developed pneumonia. His condition is stable but needs to be kept under observation for some days.

Eighty four-year-old Vajpayee has been undergoing medical treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after complaining of chest pain on Tuesday.

“When he (Vajpayee) came here he had fever and chest congestion. After investigations, we had found he had pneumonia. His condition is stable,” said Dr Sampat Kumar, chief cardio- thoracic and vascular surgeon at All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

“We are taking extra care because of his advanced age. Generally, this congestion affects the functioning of the heart also. Because of the infection, a patient has to make effort for breathing which puts stress on the heart”.

Earlier in the day, AIIMS officials announced that the 84-year-old leader, who was admitted last night, spent a restful night and the congestion was less.

“He will be under observation for the next three to four days. He is breathing normally,” D.K. Sharma, Medical Superintendent of AIIMS, while adding that Vajpayee was not in the ICU and he is admitted in an adjoining room for the security reasons.

BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad visited him at AIIMS hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Prasad said that Vajpayeejis condition is much better now and doctors have advised him complete bed rest.

“Vajpayee ji is feeling much better now and his chest infection is also better. His condition has improved now. Doctors have advised him rest and issued the bulletin as well. And doctors have requested that it would be good if many people do not make visits. He”ll be here for a few more days but his condition has improved a lot now,” said Prasad. (ANI)

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