Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee condition critical, on life support at AIIMS

Vajpayee, a diabetic, has only one functional kidney; he was admitted at AIIMS in June. PM Modi paid him a fourth visit on Wednesday

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Aug 16, 2018 8:59 AM

93-year-old Bhartiya Janata Party leader and former India Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has been put on life support system by doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as his condition has worsened. 

"Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted for the last nine weeks at AIIMS. Unfortunately his condition has worsened over the last 24 hours. His condition is critical and he is on life support system," AIIMS said in a media release.

On Wednesday, PM Narendra Modi made his fourth visit to AIIMS and was there for almost an hour. Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Smriti Irani also visited the hospital to check on Vajpayee.

Vajpayee, a diabetic, has only one functional kidney. He also suffered a heart stroke in 2009. The BJP stalwart slowly withdrew from public life due to illness and remained confined to his residence for many years.

Vajpayee, who also worked as a journalist for Hindi newspapers in his formative years, served twice as the Prime Minister of India between 1996 and 2004. He was conferred India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by the President of India in 2014.

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