Surjeet survives multiple organ failure, discharged from hospital

June 3rd, 2008 - 10:40 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Veteran communist leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet, who had suffered multiple organ failure and cardiac arrest during his almost month-long stay in hospital, was Tuesday discharged from the Metro Hospital in Noida. The 93-year-old Surjeet, a former Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary, has been unwell for the last several months. He was admitted to the hospital May 6 with fever and respiratory problems.

He slipped into coma following cardiac arrest and was put on life support system May 15.

“He remained unresponsive and suffered from multiple organ failure. He had convulsions, pneumonia and fluid in the lungs, liver and kidney dysfunction and myocardial infarction,” said Purushottam Lal, senior cardiologist and Metro Hospital director, who has been overseeing Surjeet’s condition.

“Later on, he also developed septicaemia. After extensive treatment, he slowly improved and was taken off the ventilator. With further improvement, he was discharged from the hospital in a satisfactory condition,” Lal added.

He said Surjeet has been a patient of Metro Hospital for nearly seven years and had “undergone surgery for kidney cancer about three years back”.

The Communist leader had been almost confined to his Teen Murti Lane residence in New Delhi for over a year because of ill health.

Several political leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani, visited Surjeet in the hospital.

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