Gradual improvement in Vajpayee’s health

February 20th, 2009 - 12:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is being treated for chest infection at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, is showing signs of “gradual improvement”, doctors at AIIMS said here Friday.
“Vajpayee is in the ICU (intensive care unit). He is off the ventilator and is showing gradual improvement,” said AIIMS Medical Superintendent D.K. Sharma.

The 84-year-old veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was taken off the ventilator Sunday. He underwent a tracheotomy surgery for smoother airway management and was put on minimal ventilator support Saturday.

Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure in the neck to open a direct airway through an incision in the windpipe. Vajpayee was admitted to the hospital after he complained of difficulty in breathing Feb 3.

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