PM’s heart surgeon hurt in road mishap

Nagaon, Dec 30 : Cardiac surgeon Ramakanta Panda, who had conducted a heart surgery on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last year, was today injured in a road accident while on a family vacation in Assam’s Nagaon district, official sources said. The doctor received injuries on his head and his son got wounded while
the driver of his car was seriously injured when they were travelling to the Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district.

Dr Panda’s VIP vehicle was travelling behind a truck that suddenly turned turtle causing the doctor’s car to hit against it at Somoguri, sources said.

His wife and daughter, who were also travelling with the heart surgeon were, however, unhurt. After an initial medical examination at the Nagaon Civil Hospital, they were airlifted to Guwahati in a special army helicopter.

Dr Panda, the vice-chairman of the Asian Heart Institute at Mumbai, had lead a team of doctors who successfully conducted a heart surgery on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh last year at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

The cardiovascular-thoracic surgeon had also done a successful complex bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement on Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi this August at the Asian Heart Institute.