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Former Union Minister Arun Shourie suffers brain injury after fall, hospitalised

Former Union Minister Arun Shourie speaks at the Trinamool Congress rally in Kolkata on January 19, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@AITCofficial

Former Union Minister Arun Shourie speaks at the Trinamool Congress rally in Kolkata on January 19, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@AITCofficial  

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The 78-year-old former Union minister fainted late Sunday night following which he was rushed to the Ruby Hall Clinic here, a doctor said.

Former Union Minister Arun Shourie sustained a brain injury after he fainted and fell near his home in Lavasa and was admitted to a private hospital here in Maharashtra, a doctor said on December 2.

Mr. Shourie (78) fell near his bungalow in Lavasa, a hill city some 60 km from here, while out on a walk on Sunday night, leaving him bleeding and unconscious, he said.

“As it was a free fall, he received an injury on the back of his head. He was initially rushed to a hospital in Hinjewadi [on Pune’s outskirts] and later shifted to Ruby Hall Clinic late Sunday night,” said hospital’s neurosurgeon, Dr. Sachin Gandhi, who is treating the former BJP leader.

“Due to the fall, there is an internal injury and swelling in the brain and he is in the ICU. He is, however, completely stable, responding [to treatment] and taking food. As of now there is no abnormality due to the injury,” Dr. Gandhi said.

He said, in medical terms, Mr. Shourie’s condition is called “cerebral concussion with brain haemorrhage” and it happened due to the injury caused by the free fall after he fainted.

“In CT and MRI scans, the bleeding and swelling inside his head is visible but he is improving,” he said.

The journalist-turned-politician’s family members are with him at the hospital.

Mr. Shourie, a former BJP Rajya Sabha member, was Union Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Disinvestment in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government during 1999-2004.

A prolific writer and Ramon Magsaysay Award winner, he also served as an economist with the World Bank during 1967- 1978.

Mr. Shourie, who is based in New Delhi, held the post of editor of The Indian Express during his decades-long career in journalism.

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