Media reports on Aug 4, stated that the Congress President had undergone successful surgery at New York"s Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre.
British daily, The Telegraph quoted a source close to Congress President's family and said that her condition was serious, but that friends and relatives were “optimistic because she has remained otherwise fit". It also quoted those sources as saying that she had been receiving treatment for “an unspecified cancer" for at least eight months.
The Times of India quoted anonymous sources as saying that the Congress President was advised by her doctors to go abroad for the surgery “because they felt she would convalesce better without the throng of visitors who would have clamoured to see her during the recovery."
It added that the inconvenience that her presence in a hospital would have caused to other patients was another consideration for her decision to get treated in the US.
The report also stated that cancer specialist Dr Dattatreyudu Nori is the director of the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and professor and chairman of the radiation oncology department. Dr Norim, who graduated from the Kurnool Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, is one of the top doctors in the US for the treatment of cancers in women.
Meanwhile, there has been no official announcement from the Congress to specify as to what ails Sonia Gandhi. The only announcement, they did was on Aug 4 by Janardhan Dwivedi to inform that she was in the US for surgery.