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.”
EAM Sushma Swaraj’s kidney transplant surgery ends. Surgery was successful
— ANI (@ANI_news) 10 December 2016
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:
I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a Kidney transplant. Lord Krishna will bless
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 16, 2016
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.