In Bengaluru to seek medical treatment for a cough that has troubled him for years, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday underwent a surgery to remedy the persistent problem.
“The surgery corrected an anatomical abnormality of his oral-pharyngeal and palatal area, which was causing small amounts of saliva to trickle into his air passages whenever his regular breathing was affected by allergy or other factors,” said a statement issued by the Narayana Health City (NHC), where the AAP chief was treated.
The surgery started at 7 am on Wednesday and concluded at noon, said government sources.
“The surgery was uneventful. Soon after recovery, Mr Arvind Kejriwal spoke to his family members and had a few sips of water. He is expected to be fully functional in a couple of days, although recovery of such a long-standing problem with its own functional accommodation will be gradual,” the NHC said in a statement.
The Chief Minister will need at least a week’s rest to be completely fit, said government sources. “Dr Paul C Salins, medical director and vice president — Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center, NHC made the diagnosis initially on the basis of observing the pattern of his (Kejriwal) bouts of coughing,” the NHC said.
The medical institution said that the surgery involved correction of a significant septal spur and “the aim of the correction was functional restoration rather than that of a disease.”
While announcing the odd-even vehicle-rationing scheme in January, Kejriwal had said he had also suffered due to the high pollution levels in the city, which had aggravated his cough.