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KUALA LUMPUR: Former MIC deputy chief Datuk S. Subramaniam, 67, is in stable condition after undergoing a 12-hour brain procedure at Pantai Medical Centre, here, on Saturday night.
It is understood that the former deputy minister underwent two procedures to stop bleeding and remove blood clot to relieve pressure in his brain after suffering from what was believed to be mild cerebral haemorrhage due to high blood pressure.
“He was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at about 2.30am yesterday for observation.
“He is still unconscious and the doctors said they wanted to observe him for the next 48 hours.
“His pulse rate and heart beat are normal and he is in stable condition,” said Subramaniam’s former secretary and close friend R. Balakrishnan when contacted.
Subramaniam checked himself into Assunta Hospital in Petaling Jaya on Friday morning on his way back from a meeting when he suddenly felt unwell.
He was then transferred to Pantai Medical Centre in Bangsar after his condition worsened.
Subramaniam underwent the first brain procedure at 10am and a second procedure which started at 2pm on Saturday ended at about 2am the yesterday morning.
Apart from family members, some 50 people including friends and top MIC leaders were at the hospital.
Among them were former MIC chief and long-time political nemesis Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk S. Devamany and Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being Deputy Minister Datuk M. Saravanan.
Subramaniam's wife, Christina, 60, was also at the hospital.
She seemed calm but was not ready to talk to reporters.
Subramaniam has three children - two sons aged 33 and 32 and a 26-year-old daughter.