Former defence minister Jaswant Singh was admitted to the Army (Research and Referral) Hospital in Delhi early on Friday after he suffered a severe head injury at his residence. Till late evening, his condition continued to be “highly critical” and doctors said he was kept on life support.
“He fell in his house and suffered a major blow on one side of his head. He is in the intensive care unit and on life support. Next 48- 72 hours are very crucial,” an official at the hospital said. Sources said the 76-year-old former BJP leader was brought to hospital in the early hours of Friday and “within 55 minutes, all the tests and scans were done” and he was operated upon.
A press release issued by the Ministry of Defence said, “Former defence minister Shri Jaswant Singh was admitted to the Army (Research & Referral) Hospital in New Delhi in a highly critical condition around 0100 hrs today with injury to his head. The family members had brought him to the hospital after finding him lying on the floor of the house in an unconscious state.”
“Examination at the hospital showed him to be in coma, with signs of ‘raised intracranial tension and a haematoma scalp’…. At present the condition is very critical,” the press release said. According to a special register maintained at RR on Friday, amongst the first ones to visit the hospital to enquire about Singh’s health were senior BJP leader L K Advani, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Shahnawaz Hussain, Amar Singh and Jaya Prada among others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too spoke to Singh’s family members.
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