Lalu undergoes heart surgery in Mumbai

RSTV Bureau

lalu_prasadRashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad is undergoing two major heart surgeries – one to replace an aortic valve and the other to repair the aorta, at a hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday.

“The surgery began this morning,” a spokesperson for the Asian Heart Institute, located in suburban Bandra Kurla complex, said.

The former Bihar Chief Minister has been diagnosed with ‘aortic stenosis’. Asian Heart Institute Medical Director Vijay D’Silva had said on Tuesday that the surgical procedure will take over five hours.

Institute Head Dr Ramakanta Panda, who had operated former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh five years ago, said the decision to perform the surgery followed a series of medical tests and evaluation on the 66-year-old leader, who was admitted to the institute on Monday.

The 66-year-old leader was hospitalised at the Institute on Monday for a scheduled detailed medical evaluation.

Yadav has held many prominent posts including the union railway ministry portfolio from 2004 to 2009 under the UPA government. Recently, his party RJD formed an alliance with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (U) which won 6 out of 10 seats in the by-polls.