Atal Bihari Vajpayee critical, put on life support: AIIMS

Has kidney tract infection, chest congestion; speech impaired since 2009, suffers from diabetes and dementia

The Hush Post: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been in hospital for over two months, is critical, an official statement by AIIMS said late on Wednesday evening. The statement said the former prime minister is on life support system. His health has worsened over the last 24 hours.

93-year-old Vajpayee was admitted to the hospital on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, chest congestion and low urine output.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited him on the evening of August 15 at around 7.15 pm and spent about 50 minutes there. PM Modi has been visiting him frequently in AIIMS since he has been admitted.

One of the tallest BJP leaders in stature yet, Vajpayee is under the supervision of Dr Randeep Guleria, a pulmonologist and also the AIIMS Director. Dr Guleria has been his personal physician for over three decades.

A team of doctors from the nephrology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and cardiology departments is looking after the former Prime Minister.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in older times.

He had undergone knee replacement surgery at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai in 2001 and suffered a stroke in 2009 that impaired his speech. He is also suffering from diabetes and dementia.

Other BJP leaders who met him recently include Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, BJP president Amit Shah and BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi.

As his health worsened over the years, Vajpayee slowly withdrew himself from public life and has been completely confined to his residence for years.

Born in 1924, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was thrice elected the prime minister between 1996 and 1999 and is the only non-Congress prime minister to complete the full term of five years, from 1999 to 2004.

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