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Kidney transplant: Sushma Swaraj to be discharged today

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New Delhi: Ailing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant on 10 December, is recovering steadily and would be discharged later on Monday, authorities said.

“MEA Minister Sushma Swaraj has shown a speedy recovery after her kidney transplant and is being discharged today (Monday),” said the statement issued by the communication department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims).

According to the authorities, the minister’s post-operative recovery was closely monitored by a team of specialists.

They include transplant surgeons and a team of nephrologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists and pulmonologists, other than anaesthesists and critical care experts. The team also includes hysiotherapists, resident doctors and specialised nurses.

Swaraj (64), underwent a kidney transplant at Aiims hospital in New Delhi on 10 December, with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor, following which her health has been improving steadily.

According to sources at Aiims, Swaraj underwent a nearly six-hour-long surgery which was conducted at the cardio-thoracic centre by a team of 50 personnel including transplant surgeons, transplant anaesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other supporting staff.

The team comprised Mishra, surgeons VK Bansal and V Seenu, nephrologist Sandeep Mahajan and Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) chief Balram Airan among others.

According to doctors, Swaraj been suffering from diabetes for quite a long time. After the kidney failure diagnosis, she was put on maintenance dialysis.

The Union minister, who has been in and out of the hospital for the last few months, was admitted to Aiims on 7 November.

Earlier she was admitted to Aiims in April for treatment of pneumonia and other health issues.

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