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Jaswant Singh's condition still critical, PM Narendra Modi visits him in hospital

India TV News Desk August 10, 2014 8:46 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who slipped into coma after suffering a head injury at his residence, is said to be still critical, as per reports on Saturday.

Prime minister Narendra Modi went to R&R hospital yesterday to check about his health.

Singh, who was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Army's Research and Referral hospital in Delhi, is on life support systems and under constant monitoring by a team of neurosurgeons and critical care providers.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh too was among those who paid the veteran leader a visit.

Besides him, the US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is on three-day visit to India, said that Jaswant Singh transformed India-US relations and is one of India's foremost soldier statesmen.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke to his family members on phone shortly after he was apprised about Singh's condition.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, his daughter Supriya Sule, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav also reportedly visited the hospital to check about his health.

Also, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited the hospital to see Singh.

According to initial reports, the former Union Minister was found unconscious around 11 pm at his residence here last night.

The 76-year-old ex-BJP leader is believed to have fallen at his residence last night and sustained severe injuries in the head.

He was then rushed to the R&R Army Hospital for treatment.

The doctors at the R&R hospital have conducted an operation on him in the wee hours today to stop internal bleeding in the head. He is said to be in a critical condition.

A senior doctor at the hospital confirmed that Singh was operated upon for head injury and he is still unconscious. “Examination at the hospital showed him to be in coma, with signs of ‘raised intracranial tension and a haematoma scalp'.

Urgent CT scan of the head showed ‘an acute subdural haematoma with mass effect, a midline shift and contusion of the brain substance'.

A lifesaving ‘decompressive hemicraniectomy' was done by the doctors," said the medical bulletin detailing his condition.