Former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley continues to be in critical condition at All India Institute of Medical Science where the BJP leader was admitted on August 9 following complaints of breathlessness. Jaitley, 66, who didn’t contest 2019 Parliamentary polls due to health reasons, is being monitored by a multidisciplinary team of doctors.
As per the reports, the veteran BJP leader is on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), an advanced form of temporary life support to aid respiratory and cardiac function.
Earlier, on Sunday several Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, and Ram Vilas Paswan, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited AIIMS to enquire about the health condition of the former Minister. Among others who went to AIIMS include Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra, RSS Joint General Secretary Dr Krishna Gopal and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.
AIIMS has not issued any official medical bulletin on Jaitley’s health condition since August 10. However on Friday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “Doctors at AIIMS are doing the best they can.”
Lawyer by profession, he held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government. During Lok Sabha elections, he wrote to Prime Minister and expressed his unwillingness to contest the poll owing to bad health. He has had many surgeries in past couple of years including last year’s kidney transplant and bariatric surgery in 2014.
In a tweet on April 6, 2018, he said: “I am being treated for kidney-related problems & certain infections that I have contracted.”