Sources close to finance minister Arun Jaitley have announced that he will have to undergo a kidney transplant soon as his kidney ailment has worsened in recent weeks. The 65 year old minister has skipped office this entire week and even took oath for reelection to Rajya Sabha from his treatment room at AIIMS where he is undergoing diagnostic tests under doctors’ observation. Jaitley tweeted about his ailment recently stating that he has contracted kidney infection that has forced him to cancel scheduled presence at 10th UK-India Economic and Financial Dialog at London.
Though he did not divulge further details about his ailment, sources at AIIMS where he is undergoing treatment divulged that he is likely to undergo surgery for kidney transplant and all formalities for organ donation have been completed. He is presently resting at home in a “controlled environment” and depending on circumstances is likely to be operated upon at Cardio-Neuro Tower of AIIMS in New Delhi which is equipped with latest equipment. The operation may be carried out by noted nephrologist Dr. Sandeep Guleria, who is the brother of AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, and both are family friends of the Jaitley family.
Sources stated that the finance minister’s present condition could be the result of a previous bariatric surgery he had undergone in 2014 to treat weight gain that was performed in Max Hospital but he had to later further treatment at AIIMS due to complications related to the surgery. Jaitley also suffers from chronic diabetes and had undergone heart surgery a few years ago, so has been advised to work from home in view of his delicate health condition. He has also managed to present his fifth budget on 1st February and it was approved without discussion in the Lok Sabha so it did not require his presence.