Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj Undergoes Kidney Transplant At AIIMS Hospital In Delhi

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Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj Undergoes Kidney Transplant At AIIMS Hospital In Delhi

Sushma Swaraj today underwent a kidney transplant at AIIMS in Delhi.

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. On Nov 16, Ms Swaraj tweeted she was in AIIMS because of kidney failure
  2. The organ being harvested is from a living unrelated donor
  3. The surgery started at 9 am and ended at 2.30 pm today
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today underwent a kidney transplant at AIIMS, with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor. The surgery was successful, said AIIMS authorities.

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 MC Mishra, surgeons VK 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.

"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 was done with the kidney from a living unrelated donor."

"The clearance from the authorisation committee was obtained prior to the procedure," the sources at AIIMS said, adding.

According to doctors, 64-year-old Ms Swaraj has been suffering from diabetes for quite a long time. After the kidney failure diagnosis, she was put on maintenance dialysis.

"She was undergoing dialysis thrice a week," a senior doctor said.

On November 16, Ms Swaraj had tweeted that she was in AIIMS because of kidney failure.

"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," Ms Swaraj had tweeted.

Ms Swaraj, who has been in and out of the hospital for last few months, was admitted to AIIMS on November 7.

After Ms Swaraj made public her health condition on social media, support had poured in for her with several people offering their kidneys for transplant.

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

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