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Parrikar discharged from AIIMS; arrives in Goa

Panjim: In a sudden turn of events, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar landed in Goa after he was discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, Sunday morning.

Parrikar, who was admitted in AIIMS last month for pancreatic cancer treatment, was flown from Delhi to Goa by a special flight this afternoon after which he was taken in an ambulance to his home at Dona Paula.

Unlike the last two times when he had arrived from the USA wherein he had walked out of the airport, this time, the ambulance was taken near the special flight to pick him up.

The flight landed around 2.35 pm at the Dabolim airport and the ambulance was brought out from the gate of the naval enclave INS Hansa, which is a part of the Navy-run airport.

The chief minister was Sunday morning discharged from the AIIMS.

According to sources, he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the wee hours of the morning for a while after his condition deteriorated.

“His pulse rate and blood pressure went down drastically and hence he was shifted to ICU,” sources said.

But later, the administration decided to discharge him. Sources also revealed that doctors expressed little hope of his survival and hence decided to discharge him. The sudden arrival also came as a shock to one and all.

On Friday, after meeting Parrikar at AIIMS, the alliance partners Vijai Sardesai, Sudin Dhavalikar, Rohan Khaunte, BJP Minister Nilesh Cabral and BJP Core committee members had opined that the Chief Minister should be back by Diwali.

However, sources said, his condition deteriorated further and it was decided to discharge him. [H]

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