Manmohan Singh undergoing heart surgery at AIIMS (Lead)

January 24th, 2009 - 10:24 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was wheeled into the operation theatre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Saturday morning for a heart surgery that could last several hours, hospital authorities said.”The prime minister was taken to the OT at about 7.30 a.m. The surgery will begin after two hours of preparation,” an AIIMS doctor said.

The surgery would be conducted by a team of doctors led by well-known cardio-thoracic surgeon Ramakant Panda, vice-chairman of the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai.

Manmohan Singh, discharged from AIIMS Thursday following an angiography a day earlier, was re-admitted Friday after he felt uneasy at his 7 Race Course Road residence in the morning.

The third floor of the hospital, where the VIP operation theatre is located, was completely cordoned off Saturday. Those wanting to access this portion of the AIIMS complex were being asked to provide identity proof by security personnel.

However, despite tight security, patients were not facing major difficulty.

“I have been here since Friday morning and have faced no problem. I have to see my doctor today,” said Devi Lal, a 40-year-old patient from Agra.

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