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Kumaraswamy stable post-surgery: Doctors

Former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy successfully underwent a heart replacement surgery on Saturday and his condition is stable now, said the lead surgeon who conducted his operation.

The JD(S) state president had been suffering from acute aortic regurgitation or leaking of the heart valve.

The procedure was led by Dr Sathyaki Mambala, chief cardiac surgeon at the Apollo Hospitals here, along with Dr Arun Furtado, senior cardiac surgeon, Dr Dharmesh Agrawal, chief cardiac anaesthetist, and Dr Girish Navasundi, senior cardiologist.

A 2.5-inch incision was made for the surgery that began at 10am and continued till 2pm on Saturday.

For the next 48 hours, Kumaraswamy will be in ICU and will require hospitalization for one week.

The doctors have advised him rest for three weeks and no visitors for the next two weeks.

According to the doctors, Kumaraswamy, who is suffering from acute diabetes and is overweight, requires strict diet and exercise for reducing weight.

The valve has a lifespan of 15 years.

Kumaraswamy’s father and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda offered 108 litres of milk at the Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple for the speedy recovery of his son.

“I am indebted to the people of the state for their love and concern showered upon me. The team of doctors who conducted my operation is world class and I am proud to have them taking care of me,” Kumaraswamy said prior to surgery.


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