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Pranab Mukherjee’s health has not shown any improvement: Hospital

The 'Bharat Ratna' awardee underwent emergency life-saving surgery for a brain clot on Monday. The former President had also tested positive for COVID-19. Mukherjee was the president between 2012 and 2017.

New Delhi: A day after former president Pranab Mukherjee underwent a brain surgery and also tested positive for Covid-19, the Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital on Tuesday said that the 84-year-old’s health has not shown any improvement and he continues to remain on ventilator support.

The ‘Bharat Ratna’ awardee underwent emergency life-saving surgery for a brain clot on Monday. The former President had also tested positive for COVID-19. Mukherjee was the president between 2012 and 2017.

Mukherjee on Monday afternoon confirmed about his samples returning positive for COVID-19. “On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID-19 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,” Mukherjee had tweeted.

The 84-year-old was admitted to Army Hospital (R&R) in Delhi on Monday where he underwent the surgery.

“Former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee was admitted to Army Hospital (R&R) in Delhi Cantonment at 1207 hours on August 10, 2020 in a critical condition. Workup at the hospital revealed a large brain clot for which he underwent emergency life-saving surgery. Post surgery he continues to remain critical on ventilatory support,” the hospital said in a medical bulletin.

As ex-president was admitted to hospital, wishes for his speedy recovery started pouring in from several quarters. President Ram Nath Kovind spoke to Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee and enquired about his health yesterday.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the R&R Hospital to enquire about Mukherjee’s health.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also sent in his best wishes to the former president and wished him early recovery.

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