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January 28, 2009 10:14 IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images], who is making a 'speedy recovery' after a successful coronary by-pass surgery, was on Wednesday shifted out of the intensive care unit at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Dr Singh, 76, "was moved out of the ICU this morning. All his monitoring devices have been removed and he has been shifted to an adjacent room," AIIMS sources said.

The decision to shift the Prime Minister out of the ICU was taken by a team of doctors, which included his personal physician Dr K S Reddy and repeat by-pass surgeon Dr Ramakant Panda from Mumbai's [Images] Asian Heart Institute (AHI).

Dr Vijay D'Silva, an ICU specialist also from AHI and attending on the Prime Minister, said, "His is a speedy recovery in the expected time frame."

Meanwhile, President Pratibha Patil [Images] visited AIIMS and spent nearly 20 minutes with the Prime Minister's family.

Dr Singh, who underwent the over 11-hour-long operation on Saturday last, had walked in his room on Tuesday and was put on a normal diet.

The prime minister's media advisor Deepak Sandhu had on Tuesday said that Dr Singh has been making progress steadily in the post-operative period and was being supported by a team of cardiac rehabilitation and physiotherapy experts at the AIIMS.

Prime minister's daughter Daman, who has been at the hospital, said her father spent some time on Tuesday listening to compositions of Ghalib.

'Most of the time he is just resting. He is also listening to music,' she told CNN-IBN.

'Somebody had got him a CD of Ghalib's compositions Tuesday night (and) he was listening to that,' she said.

Daman said her father's 'desire' was just to get back home.

'Rather than taking the home to the hospital, he just wants to be home,' she said.

When asked how was the family coping with the situation, Daman said, 'My mother is there (hospital) throughout and we are three sisters so we take turns in being with her. We try and have our meals together.'

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