Sushma Swaraj suffers kidney failure, undergoes dialysis at AIIMS

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India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday revealed that she is on dialysis at AIIMS after suffering from a kidney failure.

Swaraj also said she was undergoing tests for a possible kidney transplant.

The 64-year-old Minister who was admitted to AIIMS on November 7, shared the news with her followers on Twitter.

The revelation was followed by a flood of wishes and even offers of kidneys.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah were among the first to respond to her tweet and wish her well.

Swaraj, who has been suffering from diabetes for almost 20 years, underwent certain endocrinological tests.

“Her condition is stable. Her history of chronic diabetes has affected her kidney functioning. She is on dialysis,” PTI reported quoting sources at AIIMS. A team of doctors have been monitoring her health since November 7.

In April, Swaraj was admitted to AIIMS after she complained of chest congestion. She was discharged after being treated for fever and pneumonia symptoms.

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In her two years as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Swaraj has been lauded for her outreach on Twitter by helping those in distress, irrespective of their geographical location.

Her recent speech at the United Nations General Assembly, where she blamed Pakistan for fanning the unrest in Kashmir and funding terrorism in India, received plaudits.

 - Published on 16 November 2016 - By Samina Saleem /

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