Arun Jaitley Admitted To AIIMS, Under Observation
Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (Source: Arun Jaitley verified twitter handle)

Arun Jaitley Admitted To AIIMS, Under Observation


Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on Friday after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness, and is "haemodynamically stable".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey are at the hospital to enquire about his health condition.

"Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS today morning. He is currently undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team of doctors. At present, he is haemodynamically stable," the AIIMS said in a statement.

Jaitley, 66, was admitted at the Cardio-Neuro Centre of the hospital around 10 a.m., according to the hospital.

"He is under observation in the ICU. A team of doctors, including endocrinologists, cardiologists and nephrologists, is monitoring his condition," one of the sources said.

In May this year, Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS for treatment.

A lawyer by profession, Jaitley had been an important part in Narendra Modi's Cabinet during his first tenure as prime minister. He held finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government.

Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections presumably because of his ill-health.

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Jaitley had undergone renal transplant on May 14 last year with Goyal filling in for him at that time too. Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April 2018, was back in the finance ministry on Aug. 23, 2018.

Earlier in September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

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