Jaitley’s got a new kidney

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Both the donor and the recipient are stable and recovering well, an official said.

Jaitley, 65, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday and taken to the operation theatre at 8.30am on Monday. It took about four hours to harvest the donor kidney and transplant it into the recipient, said sources.

The finance minister had confirmed his illness in a tweet on April 6, when he was previously admitted to AIIMS for kidney transplant. The life-saving surgery could not be conducted then as the minister’s sugar level and other vitals weren’t in control. A team of experts in medicine and endocrinology worked on them to make sure Jaitley was stable enough to undergo the surgery.

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