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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley To Undergo Kidney Transplant Tomorrow

The minister was kept in a 'controlled environment' at home and shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) only on Friday evening.

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley underwent a series of medical tests at AIIMS ahead of his kidney transplant surgery, PTI reported on Saturday.

The 65-year-old Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS on Friday evening and is under observation.

Keeping a kidney transplant patient under one-day observation is a routine medical procedure. Jaitley’s surgery is likely to be done on Sunday.

Suffering from a kidney ailment, Jaitley has not been attending office since Monday and is yet to take an oath of office after being re-elected to the Rajya Sabha recently.

The minister was kept in a ‘controlled environment’ at home and shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) only on Friday evening.

The minister, who cancelled his scheduled visit to London for the 10th India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue next week, had confirmed his illness in a tweet on Friday. “I am being treated for kidney-related problems & certain infections that I have contracted,” he had tweeted. Jaitley, however, had not elaborated on the ailment but said he was “currently working from controlled environment at home. The future course of my treatment would be determined by the doctors treating me.”

He is likely to be operated by nephrologist Dr Sandeep Guleria from Apollo hospital. Dr Sandeep is the brother of AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, a family friend of Jaitley’s.

Jaitley had in September 2014 undergone a bariatric surgery to treat weight gain that he suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition. That surgery was first performed at Max Hospital, but he had to be later shifted to AIIMS because of complications. He also had heart surgery several years ago.

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