PM shifted out of ICU, talks to aides (Second Lead)

January 28th, 2009 - 5:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, making “excellent” recovery after his heart surgery here last week, was Wednesday shifted out of the intensive care unit (ICU) and doctors said he might be discharged by this weekend.”The prime minister was moved out of the ICU. All the monitoring devices have been removed,” his personal physician K. Srinath Reddy told IANS.

“The prime minister is doing very well and may be discharged by this weekend,” he said.

A team of cardiac, rehabilitation and physiotherapy experts are taking care of the prime minister, Reddy said.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, “the prime minister is keen on returning to work early and doctors are confident that he can do so since his recovery so far has been excellent.”

The decision to shift Manmohan Singh, 76, out of the ICU was taken by a team of doctors, including Reddy and Ramakant Panda, vice-president of the Mumbai-based Asian Heart Institute, who conducted the surgery Saturday.

Manmohan Singh underwent the multiple bypass surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to remove five arterial blockages.

“Manmohan Singh continues to make steady progress. The prime minister had a restful night and is now in a routine care environment. All catheters have been removed and he is moving freely in his room,” said a bulletin from the AIIMS.

The doctors said Manmohan Singh was on regular diet of home-made meals. On Tuesday, he had roti, dahi-chawal and toast.

“The prime minister read the newspapers today morning and held discussions with his aides. He also enquired about the funeral arrangements being made for former president R. Venkataraman,” the bulletin said.

Venkataraman, 98, died here Tuesday.

Meanwhile, President Pratibha Patil visited Manmohan Singh and spent about 15 minutes at AIIMS. She met his wife Gursharan Kaur as the prime minister was resting then, said a Rashtrapati Bhavan official.

“(Patil) took a bouquet to wish the prime minister speedy recovery,” the official said.

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