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Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh in coma after suffering head injuries

Aug 08, 2014 09:51 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Former Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh is in coma after suffering head injuries and is said to be in a critical condition. "Examination at the hospital showed him to be in coma, with signs of "raised intracranial tension and a haematoma scalp," a press release by the Army hospital said.

"He is on life support systems and under constant monitoring by a team of neurosurgeons and critical care providers. Urgent CT scan of the head showed an acute subdural haematoma with mass effect, a mid line shift and contusion of the brain substance. A lifesaving 'decompressive hemicraniectomy' was done," the press release said.

The 76-year-old former Defence Minister was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Army's Research and Referral hospital in Delhi after he fell down at his residence around 11 PM on Thursday night and suffered a head injury.

Singh was expelled from the BJP after he decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Barmer in Rajasthan as an Independent when the party fielded someone else.