Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been admitted to Delhi's AIIMS Hospital for last nine weeks, has been put on life support system after his health worsned over the last 24 hours, the hospital said in a late night statement on Wednesday.
The condition of the 93-year-old BJP stalwart remained critical and a team of doctors headed by AIIMS director Randeep Guleria was closely monitoring his situation.
"Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted for the last 9 weeks at AIIMS. Unfortunately his condition has worsened over the last 24 hours. His condition is critical and he is on life support system,"the official AIIMS statement read.
Vajpayee, the only non-Congress leader to complete a five year tenure as PM of India, was admitted to AIIMS hospital on June 11 with urine infection and chest congestion.
Earlier in the evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the ailing former PM in the hospital.
Apart from Modi, Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Smriti Irani also visited AIIMS to inquire about his health.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to meet Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/BeGhqVh0z2— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2018
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The 93-year-old BJP veteran has one functional kidney and is a diabetic. He had suffered a stroke in 2009 and developed dementia.
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