Surjeet’s condition better, still on oxygen

May 27th, 2008 - 10:44 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Former Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet’s condition has improved and he is likely to be discharged from hospital by this weekend. The 92-year-old Surjeet, who has been unwell for the last few months, was admitted to Metro Hospital May 6 with fever and respiratory problem. He slipped into coma May 17 following a cardiac arrest.

“We have taken him off the ventilator but he is still on oxygen,” a doctor attending on the senior leader told IANS Tuesday.

“All his vital elements are returning to normal. He may be discharged towards the weekend. But nothing is final so far,” the doctor added.

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

Hospital administration sources said Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz had visited the veteran Left leader Tuesday. Soz reached the hospital at around 12.30 p.m. and stayed for nearly 10 minutes.

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

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