The health of Prime Minister (PM) KP Sharma Oli has improved Wednesday morning and the ventilator has been removed.
"PM has now started to talk and his heartbeat is also normal," a doctor involved in his treatment told Setopati.
Oli suffered peritonitis and was kept on a ventilator following appendectomy on Tuesday.
He reached Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center inside the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) premises Tuesday morning after abdominal pain. He was diagnosed of appendicitis and peritonitis and underwent laparotomy (incision on abdominal wall) and appendectomy (removal of appendix.
Peritonitis is an inflammation of the peritoneum, the tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers and supports most of the abdominal organs and is usually caused by infection from bacteria or fungi.
Peritonitis, if untreated, can rapidly spread into the blood causing sepsis and to other organs resulting in multiple organ failure and death. The fact that PM Oli's immune system is compromised after the kidney transplant, doctors say, significantly increases the risk of sepsis and organ failure.
Doctors had started antibiotics since Tuesday to prevent spread of that infection. "The effect of that infection has also subsided now. His health condition now is like that of normal patients who have undergone surgery," the doctor added.
PM Oli had regained consciousness after surgery but had not been able to speak. He would move his eyes to communicate. "PM spoke this morning. We have removed the ventilator after improvement in his health," the doctor stated.
He is still under continuous observation of doctors.
His family members and party leaders have visited the hospital after improvement in his health. His wife Radhika Shakya returned back after meeting him at around 10:15 in the morning.
CPN General Secretary Bishnu Paudel, Deputy PM Ishwore Pokharel, Army Chief Purna Chandra Thapa and others have also met Oli.