Vajpayee put on life support, condition critical

Former PM of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Former prime minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health worsened on Tuesday after having been admitted to the hospital for the past nine weeks, an official statement by AIIMS said late on Wednesday evening. The former PM is on life support system at the moment.

Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, chest congestion and urine output on the lower side. PM of India Narendra Modi visited him on Wednesday evening.

A team of doctors from the nephrology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and cardiology departments is looking after the former Prime Minister, sources had said.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP president Amit Shah visited Vajpayee today. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will fly to Delhi later today to visit him. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi and Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani have also visited Vajpayee.

Being a diabetic, he only has one functional kidney. In 2009, he had suffered a stroke that weakened his cognitive abilities. Later on, he developed dementia.

Vajpayee was earlier elected thrice as prime minister between 1996 and 1999. He is the only non-Congress prime minister to complete the full term of five years, from 1999 to 2004.

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