Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's health improved to "stable" from Monday's "critical", said doctors at New Delhi's AIIMS, where he was rushed with a urinary tract infection. "Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's condition is stable. He is responding to treatment and is on injectable antibiotics. All vital parameters are stable. He will continue to be in hospital till infection is controlled," said AIIMS in a statement on Tuesday.
The 93-year-old will be under supervision of AIIMS director Randeep Guleria who has been treating him for nearly 15 years. Vajpayee, who is diabetic and has only one functional kidney, suffered a stroke in 2009 which affected his cognitive abilities. Later, he developed dementia. The three-time former PM, had been restricted mostly to his residence on Krishna Menon Marg where a team of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists look after him 24x7.
He was admitted to the hospital at around 11.30 am. While it was initially said he had been taken for a routine check-up, concern about his condition soared by the evening with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah as well as Congress president Rahul Gandhi visiting him at AIIMS.
Modi spent about 50 minutes in the cardio-neuro centre talking to doctors and Vajpayee’s family. BJP veteran L K Advani and Union health minister J P Nadda were among those who visited the hospital.