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Pranab Mukherjee on ventilator support

Former President Pranab Mukherjee is critical and is on ventilator after undergoing a successful brain surgery for removal of clot. Mukherjee is currently on ventilator support at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi.

Mr. Mukherjee had tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19 before surgery.

On Monday the former President had tweeted: “On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for Covid-19 today. I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for Covid-19.”

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also visited the R&R Hospital on Wednesday to enquire about the former president’s health.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and several other political leaders wished 84-year-old Mukherjee a speedy recovery. “Wishing former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

“We wish former President Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery from Covid,” the Congress said on its official Twitter handle.

Mukherjee’s son and Congress leader Abhijeet Mukherjee tweeted, “I wish my father a speedy recovery! I appeal to all my countrymen to pray for his speedy recovery & good health.”

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted, “I have come to know former President of India Sh. Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for Covid-19…concerned about his health. Wish him a speedy recovery.

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