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Pragya Singh Thakur hailed cow urine, but opted for ‘surgical treatment’ for cancer

Pragya Singh Thakur   | Photo Credit: PTI

A surgeon from Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow has said Pragya Singh Thakur had undergone a bilateral mastectomy (removal of both breasts) to prevent recurrence of her cancer.

Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Dr. S.S. Rajput, who has operated on Ms. Thakur three times, said she was diagnosed with stage-1 or early-stage cancer, which was of an aggressive nature.

Appalling claim

The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Bhopal has appalled the medical fraternity by her claims that she cured a serious disease like breast cancer with gaumutra (cow urine). Speaking to The Hindu on Thursday, Dr. Rajput confirmed that Ms. Thakur took the surgical treatment for cancer. “I operated on her first in 2008 at the Mumbai’s JJ Hospital when she had developed a tumour in the right breast. At that time, the report of the tumour was inconclusive. In 2012, the tumour recurred,” Dr. Rajput, who is also a general surgeon, said.

He said he then carried out a surgery which involved removing one-third of her right breast along with the tumour. The second surgery was carried out at a private hospital in Bhopal.

He said, “The tumour and the tissue were sent for tests to Mumbai. It was revealed that she had an aggressive form of stage-1 cancer. All these reports have been submitted to the court.”

‘Test reports are clear’

Dr. Rajput said in 2017, after Ms. Thakur was granted bail, a bilateral mastectomy was carried out at the Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Rajput refused to divulge information about whether Ms. Thakur underwent chemotherapy and radiation after that.

He said Ms. Thakur came to him for a follow-up early this year and all her test reports were clear.

This article has been corrected for a factual error.

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