Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Rajiv Mehrishi has undergone tracheostomy after ventilator support was removed at AIIMS New Delhi.
Mehrishi was admitted in AIIMS, around three weeks ago following a head injury which he suffered during a fall from bicycle at his home town Jaipur.
Mehrishi was put on ventilator support as he was facing difficulty in breathing and was in semiconscious state. He was detected with haematoma (bleeding) in his brain and a clot was formed there.
According from doctors, the latest CT scan report says that the clot has become smaller as haematoma has been dissolved a bit. However, proper medication for haematoma has not been started.
“Clot has been reduced. We can start medication for haematoma only when the condition of patient gets stable. We expect recovery in few days,” doctors say.
Mehrishi is still having breathing problems. So doctors have performed tracheostomy which is a surgically created hole (stoma) in windpipe (trachea) that provides an alternative airway.
Doctors are monitoring his condition 24X7. They will take a call on future course of treatment after assessing the test reports.
Rajiv Mehrishi was shifted to AIIMS through green corridor from a Jaipur based private hospital three weeks back following head injury inflicted due to a fall from bicycle he was riding morning hours as part of his fitness regime.
During treatment doctors reported internal bleeding and clot which initially expanded and then stabilised. Mehrishi's wife Mira Mehrishi, a retired 1979 batch IAS, a batch junior to Rajiv Mehrishi decided to take him to AIIMS for further treatment.
Chandra Shekhar Rajan, former chief secretary of Rajasthan and close friend of Rajiv Mehrishi accompanied him to AIIMS. Union health secretary Pant, who is also a Rajasthan cadre IAS officer, is monitoring the situation.
Who is Rajiv Mehrishi ?
Rajiv Mehrishi is a 1978 batch IAS officer with a rare distinction of being the chief secretary of state, secretary of two union ministries followed by attaining one of the most coveted constitutional posts of CAG.
Mehrishi is among very few bureaucrats who have been honoured with the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian honours of the country, by the President of India.
A powerful bureaucrat Mehrishi is known to be a hard taskmaster and considered close to former chief minister Vasundhara Raje and former finance minister late Arun Jaitley.
He had been chief secretary during Raje's tenure before moving to centre to become union finance secretary when Arun Jaitley was the finance minister. Later he became union home secretary and scaled up the ladder to become CAG, post retirement.