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Ex-PM Vajpayee put on ventilator as infection worsens

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Last Updated: February 06, 2009, 17:53 IST

Ex-PM Vajpayee put on ventilator as infection worsens

He continues to have lower respiratory track infection and has worsened.

New Delhi: Health worries of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee continued today with AIIMS doctors putting him on "mechanical ventilation" after his respiratory infection worsened.

"He (Vajpayee) continues to have lower respiratory track infection which has worsened since morning. He has been put on mechanical ventilation in ICU and is being monitored by a team of doctors," Dr Sampath Kumar, head of Cardiac Thoracic Vascular Sciences of AIIMS, said this evening while reading
out a brief medical bulletin.

All his basic parametres including blood pressure, liver and kidney functions were normal, Kumar said.

Eighty-four-year-old Vajpayee continues to be in the ICU.

His progress is being monitored by a team of doctors, AIIMS Medical Superintendent Dr D K Sharma said in a bulletin earlier in the day.

The doctor on Thursday said Vajpayee "is not having fever and his lower respiratory track infection is much better. His condition is stable."

BJP leaders L K Advani and Rajnath Singh had yesterday called on Vajpayee, who was admitted to the prestigious hospital on Tuesday night.
first published:February 06, 2009, 17:53 IST
last updated:February 06, 2009, 17:53 IST