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Several Union ministers including Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Jitendra Singh, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited AIIMS on Sunday (August 18) to enquire about the health condition of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who is on life support system.

According to media reports, Jaitley has been put on extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which is used for patients whose lungs and heart are incapable of operating on their own. 

He was admitted to the hospital on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had earlier said a multidisciplinary team of doctors is monitoring him. Several prominent leaders have been visiting the hospital since then to know about his wellbeing.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and his deputy Ashwini Kumar Choubey, BJP MPs Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Gautam Gambhir, and RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat are among others who visited the hospital on Sunday. 

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra, RSS Joint General Secretary Dr Krishna Gopal and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh also visited to check of the former minister’s health condition.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also visited AIIMS on Friday (August 16) to check on the leader’s health.

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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had said on Friday (August 16), “Doctors at AIIMS are doing the best they can.”

Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been an important part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet in the BJP government’s first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government.

On May 14, 2018, he had undergone a renal transplant at AIIMS with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry in his absence. In September 2014, he also underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

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Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election because of his ill-health.

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