In­dia’s for­eign min­is­ter suf­fers kidney fail­ure

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DIA’S For­eign Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj is be­ing treated for kidney fail­ure and un­der­go­ing tests for a pos­si­ble transplant.

Ms Swaraj, one of In­dia’s best­known fe­male politi­cians and a vet­eran leader of the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), tweeted that she was un­der­go­ing dial­y­sis at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in New Delhi.

“I am in All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences [AIIMS] be­cause of kidney fail­ure. Presently, I am on dial­y­sis,” the 64-year-old tweeted from her ver­i­fied ac­count, which has over 6.5 mil­lion fol­low­ers.

“I am un­der­go­ing tests for kidney transplant. Kr­ishna will bless.”

The Press Trust of In­dia news agency said Ms Swaraj, who suf­fers from chronic di­a­betes, had been ad­mit­ted to AIIMS on Novem­ber 7.

Mil­lions of In­di­ans suf­fer from kidney dis­ease, mostly be­cause of high rates of di­a­betes.

But the coun­try has low rates of or­gan do­na­tion and a chronic short­age of or­gans avail­able for transplant has fu­elled a thriv­ing black mar­ket. –

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