Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad was admitted to AIIMS-Delhi on Saturday night after his health condition deteriorated while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Ranchi, officials said. "He has been admitted in the coronary care unit (CCU) of the cardiothoracic centre of the AIIMS," an official in Delhi said. Prasad (72), convicted in fodder scam cases, was undergoing treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in the Jharkhand capital for multiple ailments.
"Lalu Prasad was having trouble breathing for the last two days. On Friday, he was found to be having pneumonia. Considering his age, we decided to shift him to AIIMS-Delhi on the advice of doctors for better treatment," RIMS Director Dr Kameshwar Prasad had earlier said.
Yadav was shifted to Delhi in an air ambulance on Saturday night. He was earlier undergoing treatment for a lung infection in Ranchi where he is serving a sentence after being convicted in the Bihar fodder scam.
Preparations for his transfer to Delhi began as soon as the hospital got a go-ahead from the jail officials. An evening medical bulleting from RIMS stated that the former Bihar chief minister was stable. "His COVID test came out negative, blood report shows a normal infection, HRCT chest scan reflects pneumonia," the statement read, adding that he will be moved to AIIMS, Delhi, as advised.
Lalu had complained of congestion in the chest on Thursday evening. On Friday, Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav had said that his condition is critical and he will meet Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren to speak with him about his father’s health.
"We want better treatment for him, but it is for doctors to analyse what treatment can be provided here, after all the test reports come. His situation is serious. I will meet the Chief Minister on Saturday," Tejashwi Yadav told reporters in Ranchi on Friday.
Tejashwi, his mother Rabri Devi and brother Tej Pratap reached Ranchi on late Friday evening. “My father is over 70 years of age and is suffering from diabetes, heart ailment and reduced kidney function. Due to his complaint of congestion in the chest, we were worried about coronavirus. We have come to know that water might have entered his lungs, which is a cause of worry," Tejashwi was quoted as saying.
"Lalu Prasad is having trouble breathing for the last two days. On Friday, he was found to be having pneumonia. Considering his age, we have decided to shift him to AIIMS- Delhi on the advice of doctors for better treatment," RIMS Director Dr Kameshwar Prasad said.
"He is likely to be shifted to AIIMS today. We have already spoken to the experts at AIIMS," he added. Dr Prasad further said that the authorities and his family are arranging for an air ambulance to shift him to AIIMS-Delhi.
The Jharkhand High Court on Friday heard about the violation of the jail manual by Lalu Prasad while he was admitted at RIMS, pulling up the hospital authorities, the jail administration and the state government. The case will be next heard on February 5.