Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday evening met former Union Minister and veteran journalist Arun Shourie at the Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune. Seventy-eight-year-old Shourie was hospitalised on December 1 after he suffered a head injury while out on a walk near his home in Lavasa. According to doctors, he suffered a blunt trauma to the brain and a mild bleed. He is in the ICU.
“It was an extremely jovial visit,” Shourie told The Indian Express about the Prime Minister’s visit, during which the two spoke privately for 12-15 minutes. “The Prime Minister’s visit was a jovial one and we did have some time alone and I gave some suggestions,” he added.
In Pune, I met former Union Minister Arun Shourie Ji. Enquired about his health and had a wonderful interaction with him.
We pray for his long and healthy life. pic.twitter.com/arjXSUoirf
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 8, 2019
Modi was in Pune to attend the national conference of Director Generals and Inspector Generals of Police that concluded on Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, Shourie’s family and Ruby Hall Clinic authorities were informed that the Prime Minister would pay a visit to inquire about his health.
The Prime Minister and Shourie exchanged old memories, doctors at the hospital said. “It was a very pleasant visit,” Dr Purvez Grant, chief managing trustee of Ruby Hall Clinic said. According to neurosurgeon Dr Sachin Gandhi, who is treating Shourie, there were several light moments during the Prime Minister’s visit. “PM Modi told Shourieji that his doctor was a Gujarati to which the senior journalist quipped, ‘yes, mera dost (the PM) is also a Gujarati’,” Dr Gandhi said.
Dr Prachee Sathe, chief of the ICU, and Dr Gandhi said Shourie is recovering well. “A series of investigations and CT scans have shown a satisfactory improvement and we will be able to shift him out of the ICU soon,” Dr Grant added.
In a statement issued later, Dr Grant said the Prime Minister also enquired about an old case of Vaishali Jadhav. Vaishali, a nine-year-old girl from an underprivileged family, suffered from a hole in her heart. When she was six, she had written to the Prime Minister, seeking financial help for her treatment. The PMO had thereafter taken up the matter.
According to the statement, Dr Grant informed the Prime Minister that the girl was operated free of cost and is doing well.