Sonia flies to US for ‘regular’ medical check-up

Janardan Dwivedi said Sonia had gone for a regular check-up that happens after every six months.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 3, 2013 12:32 am

A week after she was rushed to AIIMS from Parliament,after complaining of chest pain and dizziness,Congress president Sonia Gandhi left for a week-long medical visit to the United States. She was accompanied by her daughter Priyanka.

Party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said Sonia had gone for a regular check-up that happens after every six months. The check-up was due since her last visit abroad in September 2012 but it was delayed due to pressing engagements,he said. Sonia had undergone surgery for an undisclosed ailment reportedly at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York in 2011.

“It was overdue. It had to be done after her check up in September last year. She left this afternoon and will be back in a week or eight days,” Dwivedi said. Sonia was admitted in AIIMS for a few hours last Monday after she complained of chest pain and exhaustion in the Lok Sabha during a discussion on Food Security Bill. She was discharged from the hospital after she spent five hours undergoing various tests.

Doctors at the initially suspected a stroke and did a battery of tests. Her test reports,according to sources were “alright” and her symptoms were said to be the side effects of a pain killer that she had taken. Sources in the party,however,denied any link between her visit to AIIMS and her check-up abroad. “This is a regular six-monthly check up which has nothing to do with that,” a party leader said. “She was perfectly fine when she was was released after some examinations in the AIIMS,” the leader said.

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