Finance Minister Arun Jaitley undergoes successful kidney transplant at AIIMS


Union Finance Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Arun Jaitley, today underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Both the donor and the recipient are stable and recovering well, an official from AIIMS said.

Jaitley, 65, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday and taken to the operation theatre at 8 am today.

“Union Minister Jaitley underwent a renal transplant today. The surgery has been successful. Both the donor and the recipient are stable and recovering well,” a senior AIIMS official said.

The Union Minister, suffering from kidney disease, was undergoing dialysis for the past one month..

According to sources, nephrologist Dr Sandeep Guleria from Apollo Hospital, also the brother of AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, who is a family friend, was part of the team performing the transplant.

The minister, who cancelled his scheduled visit to London for the 10th India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue next week, had confirmed his illness in a tweet on April 6.

“I am being treated for kidney related problems & certain infections that I have contracted,” he had tweeted.

Jaitley did not elaborate but said he was “currently working from controlled environment at home”.

“The future course of my treatment would be determined by the doctors treating me,” he had said.