Vajpayee better, expected to recover soon: AIIMS director

Vajpayee-better-hospital Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee | PTI

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has shown significant improvement in the last 48 hours, and doctors are hopeful of his full recovery in the next few days, Randeep Guleria, director, AIIMS, said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Guleria is heading the team of doctors attending to Vajpayee ever since the former prime minister was admitted to AIIMS on Monday. "He (Vajpayee) had urinary tract infection, chest congestion and low urine output. He was evaluated by a team of doctors and given injectable antibiotics," said Guleria, who has also been Vajpayee's personal physician since 1998.

The urinary tract infection had turned serious as Vajpayee has only one kidney, said a source at AIIMS. The other kidney was removed in an operation several years ago.

On Monday, when Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS, he was suffering from acute kidney failure due to urinary tract infection. He was given 'slow dialysis'—given to patients who have high blood pressure and cannot tolerate conventional dialysis, said doctors.

"He has shown significant improvement with treatment. His kidney function has improved with good urine output," said Guleria. Vajpayee's blood pressure, heart rate and breathing are also normal, and full recovery is expected in the next few days, according to a statement from AIIMS.

AIIMS had said on Tuesday that Vajpayee was responding well to treatment.

A host of political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda had visited Vajpayee over the past two days.