KATHMANDU, March 3: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was admitted to the Kidney Transplantation Unit at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) on Monday to undergo a second kidney transplant .
The 69-year-old prime minister has long been suffering from kidney trouble. He has been visiting hospitals abroad for checkups and undergoing regular dialysis at a hospital inside the country. He also underwent appendicitis surgery last November .
As doctors had suggested that regular dialysis should not be considered a long-term solution for his kidney ailment, Oli had reached the conclusion that he needed a second kidney transplant.
Preparatory to the transplant operation, Oli reached the hospital at around 6:30 pm. A kidney donor was already at the hospital. One of Oli's nieces is donating a kidney.
Before going to the hospital, Oli endorsed the 15th periodic plan prepared by the National Planning Commission. The plan has proposed 18 projects widely seen as changing the development prospects of the country. Shortly after unveiling the country's new priorities and plans for the next five years, Oli released a video message to the people.
In the short video message released by his secretariat, Oli stated that he would be back at work shortly after the surgery and a few days of rest at the hospital.
“As the best striker never leaves the court in the middle of the game, I won't vanish without fulfilling what we have dreamt,” he said adding, “No one is immortal. I will be back at work with new energy after spending a few days in hospital to accomplish our national ambition and dream of Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepali.”
Oli, who had his first kidney transplant at the Apollo Hospital in India in 2007, said he was happy at the opportunity to undergo a re-transplant by indigenous medical professionals in one's own country.
In his brief message to the Nepali people, Oli said he has spent most of his life in struggles—sometime fighting against autocracy and for democracy and something for safeguarding national sovereignty, and he would dedicate his remaining life to fulfilling his unaccomplished plans.
A large number of party leaders, members of the general public and leaders of neighboring countries took to social media to express their best wishes for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.
“My dear friend KP Oli ji, wishing you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery,” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi adding, “May Lord Pashupatinath bless you always with good health, happiness and a very long life. Look forward to your continued contribution to taking India-Nepal relations to new heights.”