Sushma Swaraj undergoes kidney transplant at AIIMS; surgery a success

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New Delhi, Dec 10, 2016: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s kidney transplant surgery conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, was ‘successful’.

The surgery was performed by a team of experts constituted by AIIMS.

Earlier, media sources at AIIMS had said “Living unrelated donor could be anyone who is emotionally attached to the recipient, such as friend, a relative, a neighbour or an in-law. As no suitable donor was available in the immediate family, the transplant will be done with the kidney from a living unrelated donor. As of now the transplant is scheduled to take place this weekend. The clearance from the authorisation committee has been obtained.”


They also added that Swaraj’s pre-transplant process was complete and according to sources at AIIMS, the nearly five-hour-long surgery was conducted at the cardio-thoracic centre by a team of doctors including AIIMS Director M C Mishra, surgeons V K Bansal, V Seenu and nephrologist Sandeep Mahajan.

“The surgery started at 9 AM and ended at 2.30 PM following which the minister has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the same building,” the sources said.

Swaraj, who is a diabetic and has been in and out of the hospital for the past few months, was admitted to AIIMS on November 7 with failing kidneys.

On November 16, Swaraj had tweeted that:

Swaraj, 64, was treated regularly for diabetes and was on dialysis to flush out her kidneys for weeks. AIIMS was flooded with offers to donate a kidney to the External Affairs Minister.

Wefornews Bureau

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