Arun Jaitley Union Finance Minister underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today and is stable after the over four-hour-long surgery, hospital authorities said.
Dr Aarti Vij, chairperson of the media and protocol division said, “Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs underwent renal transplant surgery today at AIIMS Delhi. The surgery has been successful. Both the recipient and donor and stable and recovering well.”
AIIMS sources maintained that the minister had been admitted to the hospital on Saturday and was taken to the operation theatre at 8am.
Jaitley, 65, who has been mostly working from home since early April, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday.
The surgery started around 8.30 am today and went on till 1 pm after which the minister was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
According to sources, nephrologist Dr Sandeep Guleria of Apollo Hospital — the brother of AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, a family friend — was part of the team performing the transplant.
On April 5, Jaitley said he was being treated for “kidney related problems and certain infections that I have contracted.”
He said he was working from a “controlled environment at home.”
In September 2014, Jaitley underwent a bariatric surgery to treat weight gain because of a long-standing diabetic condition.
The surgery was first performed at Max Hospital, but he had to be later shifted to AIIMS because of complications.
Jaitley had a heart surgery several years ago.