Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who was rushed to AIIMS from Parliament after she complained of “uneasiness” Monday night, was discharged after five to six hours. Doctors said she did not need any “definitive treatment” and was discharged after a few tests around 1.30 am Tuesday.
AIIMS spokesperson Dr Y K Gupta said a team of six, including Dr V K Behl, head of cardiology, Dr Balram Airan, head of cardiothoracic surgery, Dr N K Mishra, head of neuroradiology, and the Prime Minister’s physician, Dr Nitesh Naik, were pressed into action to take care of the UPA chairperson.
Dr Gupta said Sonia had been suffering from viral fever since the weekend, and after she felt “uneasy” during the Parliament session, she was brought to AIIMS for “assessment”. “All the tests conducted were found to be normal, and therefore she did not need any definitive treatment. She was discharged around 1.30 am and she left in her car,” he said.
Sources said Sonia felt dizzy and weak and complained of a slight chest pain along with difficulty in breathing Monday night. Doctors concluded that her symptoms were a result of antiviral drugs she had been taking for fever.
Between 9 pm and 1 am, sources said she underwent a thorough “cardiac and medical examination” at AIIMS, including an ECG, blood pressure evaluation and routine blood tests, all of which were found to be “satisfactory”. Doctors reportedly advised her to switch from her current antiviral medication to some alternate medicines.
A little before 2 am, AIIMS director Dr R C Deka told reporters that Sonia left the hospital “in her own car” after “thanking the hospital staff”, and that “all her test reports were normal”.