Pranab Mukherjee remains critical: Army hospital

Our Bureau/PTI New Delhi | Updated on August 11, 2020

Former President Pranab Mukherjee

Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s health condition continues to remain critical, said a medical bulletin issued by the Army Hospital (R&R) here on Tuesday.

Mukherjee, who got admitted for a brain-related surgery was tested positive for Covid-19. “The former president who underwent lifesaving emergency surgery for brain clot on August 10 has not shown any improvement and his health status has worsened. He remains on ventilatory support,” the statement added

PTI adds: It earlier said the former President was admitted to the hospital at 1207 hours on August 10, 2020 in a critical condition.

“Workup at the hospital revealed a large brain clot for which he underwent emergency life-saving surgery,” the hospital earlier said.

A multidisciplinary team of doctors is continuously monitoring the health of the former President.

Mukherjee tweeted on Monday that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and urged people who had come in contact with him in the last week to isolate themselves and get tested for the novel coronavirus.

Soon after the news of his hospitalisation, wishes poured in from various quarters for his early recovery, and several leaders sent their wishes on Twitter.

President Ram Nath Kovind also spoke to Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee and enquired about his health on Monday evening.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the R&R Hospital on Monday and enquired about the former president’s health. Singh was at the hospital for around 20 minutes.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also sent in his best wishes to the former president and wished him early recovery.

A powerful orator and scholar, Mukherjee had been a Congress stalwart before he was elected as India’s 13th President and served from July 2012 to 2017 in the top post.

Published on August 11, 2020

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