Jaitley undergoes dialysis before kidney transplant

New Delhi, April 8: Union Fince Minister Arun Jaitley is undergoing dialysis at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) ahead of a kidney transplant surgery that may take place in the next few days, a hospital official said on Sunday. “Jaitleyji would be on dialysis for some days before the kidney transplant operation is conducted,” said the official at the country’s premier hospital. When kidneys are failing, dialysis is required to cut the build-up of wastes and toxins in the blood, which otherwise can lead to numerous complications and impact the success rate of surgery and the recovery after the transplant, said the official. Though it was not clear as to how long the dialysis may continue before the 65-year-old minister is operated for the kidney transplant, sources say it can happen any day.
The minister visited the hospital on Thursday to carry out the official formalities between him and the donor for the surgery. He was admitted to the Cardio-Neuro Tower in AIIMS on Friday and has been under observation since then. Tests are being done on him and the donor, whose identity is a secret. (IANS)