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PM returns home,advised rest for six weeks

A week after undergoing a 12-hour redo-bypass surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returned home this morning....

Teena Thacker & Vidya Krishnannew Delhi | Published: February 2, 2009 1:31:25 am

A week after undergoing a 12-hour redo-bypass surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returned home this morning. Singh was discharged at 7.50 am. The team that carried out the operation accompanied him to Race Course Road “to make sure that everything was fine,” lead surgeon Dr Ramakanta Panda told

The Indian Express.

Dr Panda was scheduled to leave for Mumbai Sunday evening,but several members of his team from the Asian Heart Institute,Mumbai,including critical care specialist Dr Vijay D’Silva and cardiac rehabilitation specialist Dr Ashish Contractor will stay on for a few more days to monitor the PM’s recovery.

The PM underwent echo cardiography,blood and urine tests on Saturday. “All reports came normal,and after having discussions with the (PM’s) family,it was decided that he can be discharged on Sunday,” said a doctor at AIIMS.

Singh has been advised to rest for at least six weeks,but doctors said they expected him to return to work before that. According to these doctors,the first thing the PM wanted to know after the surgery was when he could start working again. “He never complained of pain,in fact he asked for the painkillers to be taken away from his medicines on the third day after surgery,said Dr Panda. “This shows how strong his will power is,and with this will power he is likely to get back to work much sooner (than six weeks).”

Dr D’Silva said Singh had already started meeting his secretaries. “He may not go to office,but he might start working from home in about four weeks,” Dr D’Silva said. “He has been recovering very fast.”

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said: “He (Singh) is on his way to a speedy recovery,but it will take two-three weeks before he goes back to office. The PM would be monitored by a team of four doctors at his residence.” Dr Panda said he was taking back to Mumbai memories of interactions with a “genuinely good man”.

“He is one of the nicest patients that I have met in mylife,headded. Dr Srinath Reddy,Singh’s personal physician,said the PM intended to thank the entire staff who looked after him at AIIMS personally after he had recovered fully. “He will be meeting them separately on a different occasion to thank them.Right now our focus is to help him in making a complete recovery,” Dr Reddy said.

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