The health condition of former President of India Pranab Mukherjee continues to remain critical. The 84-year old was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital at noon on Monday for brain surgery. He had tested positive for COVID-19.
A medical bulletin released by the hospital stated that the former President underwent an emergency live-saving surgery due to a brain clot. Post-surgery, his condition is stated to be critical.
“Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee was admitted to Army Hospital (R&R) Delhi Cantonment at 1207 hours on 10 August 2020 in a critical condition. Workup at the hospital revealed a large brain clot for which he underwent emergency lifesaving surgery. Post surgery he continues to remain critical on ventilatory support. He was also found to be COVID-19 positive,” the bulletin read.
Mukherjee had tweeted earlier that he was found COVID-19 positive and requested people who had come in contact with him to isolate and get themselves tested.
“On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today. I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for COVID-19,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, wishes started pouring in for the Congress veteran. President of India Ram Nath Kovind spoke to Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha, Rashtrapati Bhawan said in a tweet.
“President Kovinds spoke to @Sharmistha_GK and inquired about the health of her father, the former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee who is hospitalised after being tested positive for COVID-19. The President wished him a speedy recovery and good health,.
The Congress’ official handle tweeted, “We wish former President Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery from Covid.”
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “Deeply concerned to know that former President of India @citiznMukherjee ji tested positive for #COVID19. Wishing him quick recovery and praying for his good health.”