Prime Minister (PM) KP Sharma Oli has been discharged from Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center inside the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) premises Thursday after staying there for 10 days.
"I am returning home after improvement in my health," PM Oli said while getting out of the hospital.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari had met PM Oli briefly before his discharge. .
PM Oli was recuperating at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital following appendectomy on November 26. He was initially kept on a ventilator after the surgery to remove appendix as he was also suffering from peritonitis.
He had reached the hospital that 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 increased the risk of sepsis and organ failure.
Doctors had immediately started antibiotics to prevent spread of that infection. PM Oli had regained consciousness after surgery but had not been able to speak. He would move his eyes to communicate. He started to talk since the following morning and the ventilator was removed after improvement in his health.
Oli, whose transplanted kidney has stopped functioning, is on regular dialysis in recent times. He underwent fourth dialysis on November 24.
He underwent the fifth dialysis at Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center November 27.
He underwent plasmapheresis seven times in Singapore in August. Plasmapheresis is a term used to refer to a broad range of procedures through which blood components are filtered outside the body.
It was done on PM Oli, who had a kidney transplant 12 years ago, to remove antibodies for immunosuppression.
PM Oli is now said to be mulling another transplant as the transplanted kidney has stopped functioning.