One week after we reported the improving health of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha, the health of the enormously popular South Indian politician has taken a turn for the worse, after she suffered a massive cardiac arrest in Apollo hospital, Chennai, where she has been admitted since 22 September. The CM’ health is critical, and Apollo hospital has issued a statement asking people to pray for her health.
Late last evening, Jayalalitha suffered a severe cardiac arrest, which further weakened her already fragile state of health. Central forces, including the CRPF and the CISF have already been rushed to Chennai, keeping in mind a deterioration in the law and order situation in case something awful happens to ‘Amma’, as she is widely known.Dr Richard Beale from London, who had earlier checked on the CM’s health, has been asked for his opinion as well. Ateam, comprising of G Khilnani, professor, department of pulmonology medicine, Anjan Trikha, professor of anesthesiology and critical care and Nitish Nayak, professor, department of cardiology, all from AIIMS, have been visiting the hospital regularly ever since the 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was admitted on 22 September.
The apollo Hospital released a brief statement confirming that she was being treated by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologists and Critical care specialists.
Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest this evening, says Apollo Hospital. She is being treated, monitored by experts pic.twitter.com/dUceqoCpW7
— ANI (@ANI_news) 4 December 2016
Reports suggest that Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke toTamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and asked to be updated on Jayalalithaa’s health. The governor is already on his way to Chennai. The governor is expected to speak to the media soon.
Ironically, just hours earlier, the AIADMK had said that Jayalalitha will return home “soon” as an AIIMS expert team hadconfirmed that she hadcompletely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation.“The AIIMS doctors visited the hospital on Saturday and after examining her (Jayalalitha’s) health, they shared the good news with us that Amma has completely recovered,” party spokesperson C Ponnaiyan had told reporters.
Initially diagnosed with mild fever and dehydration, Jayalalitha’s health has been under much public scrutiny. There were rumours in the last two months that she had expired, rumours which ultimately were baseless. Her close confidant, O. Panneerselvam, has been appointed the interim CM and may have to run the state once again.
As on 3PM Monday the 5th of December, the Chief Minister’s health continues to be critical with the specialist team of doctors attending to her putting her on an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and life support systems. The ECMO is an advanced form of a heart-lung machine and is designed to resuscitate critical patients on the verge of multiple organ failure. This comes hours after the AIADMK spokesmen declared that she had undergone a heart surgery, in order to improve her failing health after a severe cardiac arrest late last night. “The chief minister is being treated and closely monitored by a team of experts,” said the statement issued by Apollo Hospitals Chief Operating Officer Subbiah Viswanatha. TheExecutive Director of Apollo Hospitals Sangita Reddy was quoted as saying that despite their best efforts the CM remains in a grave situation.
— Sangita Reddy (@SangitaApollo) December 4, 2016
The Apollo hospital authority is expected to put out a public update at 5 PM today. Reports also state that all AIADMK MLAs have been called to sign a declaration, making O Panneerselvam successor to Jayalalitha, in case something untoward happens to her. The specialist team of the AIIMS critical care department will land in Chennai around 4 PM. We will keep updating this section as and when new developments are made known.