KATHMANDU: Surgeons at the Norvic Hospital successfully implanted an artificial pacemaker--an electronic device that takes over the function of the natural cardiac pacemaker-- on former Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa's heart on Sunday.
"Now he is out of ventilator, fully conscious and is breathing on his own," Dr. Bharat Rawat, the hospital's executive director, said.
The permanent pacemaker operation was carried out today by Dr. Rawat and Dr. Chauhan, who came to Kathmandu from New Delhi.
A team of experts led by Dr. R.R. Kasliwal from has arrived the Gurgaon-based Medanta Medicity Hospital to take part in Thapa's treatment.
“He is Better! His permanent pacemaker operation has been done successfully today by myself and Dr Chauhan from Delhi. He is fully conscious.This is a great positive thing. Now we have to see how he behaves next 24 hrs,” Dr. Rawat said.
"Now, Thapa is out of ventilator and breathing on his own," Dr. Rawat added. Earlier, when he was on the ventilator, Thapa was unconcious but was coughing and moving his limbs.
"Dr. Kasliwal from Delhi saw him and expressed satisfaction on his recovery, according to Dr. Rawat further said.
Chairman of Rastriya Janashakti Party Thapa apparently had a heart attack while attending a joint meetin of RJP and Rastriya Prajatantra Party at Sano Gaucharan on Saturday morning, and was rushed to the Norvic Hospital.
He had no pulse, blood pressure, respiration and oxygen saturation was not recordable at the time he was taken to the emergency ward of the hospital.