COVID-19-positive former Indian President Mukherjee critical after brain surgery


 Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, who tested positive for COVID-19, has continued to be on life support at a hospital after undergoing surgery to remove a clot in his brain, officials said on Tuesday.


The 84-year-old Mukherjee underwent the operation at Indian Army’s research and referral hospital in Delhi.

“Former president  was admitted to  Army Hospital, Delhi, at 12:07 on Aug. 10, in a critical condition.

“Workup at the hospital revealed a large brain clot for which he underwent emergency life-saving surgery.

“Post-surgery, he continues to remain critical on ventilatory support. He was also found to be COVID-19 positive, ’’ a statement from the hospital published in local media said.

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Mukherjee on Monday took to Twitter and said he tested positive for COVID-19, and urged people who had met him since last week to undergo self-isolation and get tested for the virus.

Indian Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu’s office said he spoke to Mukherjee’s daughter, Sharmistha Mukherjee, and enquired about his well-being.

A brief statement put out by Naidu’s office said the vice president wished  Mukherjee speedy recovery and good health.

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Mukherjee served as India’s President from 2012 to 2017.

The number of COVID-19 cases in India has reached 2,268,675 including 45,257 deaths on Tuesday.

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