New Delhi, October 7: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was admitted to a private hospital after he suffered injuries in knees during Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra. Navjot Singh Sidhu is undergoing treatment for acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) but his condition is stable. ”Mr Sidhu has been put on blood thinners and has been recovering well. His condition is said to be stable as of now,” said a statement issued by Indraprastha Apollo Hospital authorities.Also Read - Big Show of Strength Amid Congress Infighting: 62 MLAs Meet Navjot Sidhu in Amritsar; Why Should he Apologise, Asks Lawmaker
Sidhu later tweeted saying, “Down but Not Out! Life threatening disease (DVT) With God ‘s Grace will recover. Life is Fragile, handle with Prayer.” Sidhu has been a two-time former MP from Amritsar constituency in Punjab. (ALSO READ: Sushma Swaraj flags off Kailash Mansarovar yatra through new route) Also Read - Navjot Singh Sidhu Appointed Punjab Congress President
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Navjot Sidhu suffered from acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is caused by a blood clot in a deep vein which hinders the normal blood flow. DVT is the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) within a deep vein. It also occurs when blood flows too slowly through the veins. The blood forms a clot that blocks up deep veins. A person, who is suffering from DVT have to bear swelling, pain, and tenderness, often in the legs. When the blood is relatively Oxygen deprived, DVT formation begins inside the veins. In case of Kailash Mansarovar, the mountain is 6638 meters above from the sea level. Due to extreme height, Oxygen level is low and that is why people suffer from DVT.
DVT also occurs during long flight. The first case of deep vein thrombosis was reported in 1954 in a 54-year-old doctor who developed a blood clot following a 14-hour flight. It was first described ‘Economy Class Syndrome’.
A total of 1,330 pilgrims are going for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra this year, including 250 Yatris via the Nathula Pass in Sikkim and 1,080 via Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand, following a draw of lots held to select pilgrims. A total of 2,500 applications were received by the ministry. Kailash Mansarovar is believed to be the seat of Hindu god Shiva. Pilgrims travel at high altitudes of 19,500 feet. The route is inhospitable and rugged. (With PTI inputs)