New Delhi, Dec 10: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj underwent a kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Science in New Delhi on Saturday. The 64-year-old, who was admitted to the institute on November 16, was given an organ by a living donor not related to her as no suitable donor was available in the immediate family.
According to sources at AIIMS, the nearly five-hour-long surgery was conducted at the cardio-thoracic centre by a team of doctors including AIIMS Director M C Mishra, surgeons V K Bansal, V Seenu and nephrologist Sandeep Mahajan. "The surgery started at 9 AM and ended at 2.30 PM following which the minister has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the same building," the sources said.
According to doctors, Swaraj's sugar level remains high, due to which she is facing severe diabetic problems. After the kidney failure diagnosis, she was put on maintenance dialysis. "She undergoes dialysis thrice a week," a senior doctor said.
On November 16, Swaraj took to Twitter and informed people that she was admitted at the AIIMS because of kidney failure. She added that she was on dialysis and was undergoing tests for a kidney transplant.