Jayalalithaa critical; On life support


Chennai: Expert doctors said Jayalalithaa is ‘very critical’ and is on a special life support system on Monday. The politician who was critical after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday continued to remain under close watch of an expert team of doctors at the Apollo Hospitals where she has been undergoing treatment for more than two months.

The hospital has denied that Jayalalithaa had an angio procedure and she continues to be on an ‘extracorporeal membrane heart assist device’ or ECMO. The ECMO or Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation device is a life support system that helps provide oxygen to the body when the patient’s lungs or heart are unable to do so. Worldwide, it gives patients a 50-50 chance, says renowned cardiologist Naresh Trehan.

The state’s Governor C Vidyasagar Rao arrived at the hospital for his second visit since last night. He had reportedly briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh after last night’s visit and told him that law and order in the state is under control with stepped up security arrangements. While paramilitary forces have been kept on standby to be deployed in case of emergency, the police has asked to be present in full attendance since 7 am today.

Hundreds of the state CM’s followers have been outside the hospital overnight, and the crowds are now swelling after the latest statement from doctors, with people wailing and weeping.

After seeing news about Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa’s health condition on Sunday night An AIADMK member from Cuddalore district (Gandhi Nagar) died. Nelagandan, who was distraught upon finding out about Jayalalithaa, suddenly experienced severe chest pains and passed out, while he was watching the news.

Four doctors from Delhi’s premier AIIMS institute have been sent to Chennai, said union Health Minister JP Nadda, who is getting regular updates from Apollo Hospital in Chennai. UK based Dr Richard Beale said in a statememnt that “the situation is grave, but I can confirm that everything possible is being done to give her the best chance of surviving this shocking event.”

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

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