The redo-heart by-pass surgery on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has been successful and his condition is stable. Dr. Singh has been transferred to the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU) after the operation.
"The operation was successful and there is nothing to worry about. His condition is stable. He has been moved to the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit," an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) source said here.
Dr. Singh was admitted into the AIIMS on Friday afternoon after he complained of chest pain and fatigue.
The operation was carried out by a team of 11 senior cardiac specialists, and was led by Dr. Ramakant Panda, a reputed cardiac surgeon from Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai.
It lasted for more than seven hours.
Dr. Singh had earlier undergone a cardiac bypass surgery in 1990 in the UK, and an angioplasty in Delhi in 2004 during which stents were introduced into his arteries.
Grafts, which were used during the earlier bypass 18 years ago had begun to narrow. The prime minister is also a diabetic. Last year he had also undergone a prostate (TURP) surgery at AIIMS.
Dr.Singh is 76 years old and like any other geriatric patient in this age group, is likely to have higher incidence of atherosclerosis which leads to hardening of the supple blood vessels. Being a diabetic adds to the problem. The previous prime minister - Mr.Vajapayee also underwent a coronary angioplasty and knee replacement surgery.. Both the VVIP's had their surgery in India rather than flying to a foreign destination. Over the last couple of decades - the health sector of the country has rapidly evolved and like the IT sector has done the country proud.
The whole nation is united in praying for the speedy recovery of the Prime Minister. His family members are in the capital keeping vigil over him.
Govind Kaur Dr Singh's sister said, "We all are a little concerned. We are praying for his speedy recovery so that he is back to serve the nation soon," said Kaur.
Singh's nephew, Gurdeep Singh wishes him a long life and says that the soft - spoken leader would be back soon to serve the country.
"We all are praying that the operation is successful. There are a lot of things that he has to do. We pray that he recovers soon," he said.
Meanwhile, Sikhs across the Punjab are praying at holy Sikh shrines for successful surgery on the Prime Minister. From priests to students, people from all walks of life offered special prayers at various shrines wishing the PM a speedy recovery.
"For the good health and fitness of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh we have read Ardas . We wish that Waheguru puts his hand on him and blesses him with long life and good health," said Ranjit Singh, a Sikh priest.