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Ex-vice president in stable condition after surgery
Ahmed Adeeb underwent surgery to remove kidney stones.
Jailed former vice president Ahmed Adeeb is in stable condition after a surgery to remove kidney stones, according to his family.
He underwent a laser treatment surgery Monday morning at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and has now been moved to a private executive room.
“Adeeb asked me to sign the consent to undergo surgery to save his kidney by removing the stones in his ureter. It was a hard decision at current circumstances,” his wife Mariyam Nashwa tweeted.
Nashwa previously told the Maldives Independent that Adeeb was “going through a lot of pain” and it was “a very difficult time for the family” after he was hospitalised on November 10.
The former administration rejected repeated pleas to grant medical leave to seek treatment overseas for kidney stones and internal cysts. Adeeb, who is serving 33 years in prison for corruption and terrorism, is a high flight risk, the attorney general said.
He must return millions of dollars stolen from the state tourism company, former president Abdulla Yameen insisted.
But Adeeb “said he will go undergo every possible treatment available in Maldives to face all the investigations and clear his name,” his wife tweeted before the surgery.
Following Yameen’s heavy defeat in September’s polls, several senior figures of the Maldivian Democratic Party-led four-party coalition called for Adeeb to be provided treatment as his supporters and lawyers stepped up a campaign for his medical leave.
The calls prompted concern from the family of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan, who said Adeeb must not be allowed to flee before a fresh investigation into the abduction.
According to Adeeb’s family, he is also suffering from glaucoma, a condition that could result in the loss of eyesight without proper treatment and has internal cysts that could turn into cancer.