Jayalalithaa suffers cardiac arrest, under observation by experts

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Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and is being monitored by experts, a statement from the Apollo Hospital read.

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“The honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who is undergoing treatments at Apollo Hospital, Greams Road,Chennai, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening. She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts including Cardiologists, Pulmonologists, and the Critical Care Specialists,” the statement read.

Earlier in the day, party functionaries claimed that the ailing chief minister would return home “soon” as an AIIMS expert team had confirmed that she has completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation.

 

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“The AIIMS doctors visited the hospital yesterday and after examining her (Jayalalithaa’s) health, they shared the good news with us that Amma (meaning mother as Jayalalithaa is fondly called by AIADMK cadres) has completely recovered,” party spokesperson C Ponnaiyan told reporters.

The team, comprising Dr G Khilnani, Professor, Department of Pulmonology Medicine, Dr Anjan Trikha, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care and Dr Nitish Nayak, Professor, Department of Cardiology, has been visiting the hospital regularly ever since the 68-year-old AIADMK supreme was admitted on 22 September.

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Ponnaiyan said the chief minister was doing “physical exercises” and undergoing “physiotherapy”, was eating food on her own and advising officers on issues related to government and party activities.

“Currently, she is undertaking physical exercises as she has been in hospital for more than 60 days. Specialists from Mount Elizabeth hospital (Singapore) are also providing physiotherapy to her. She will return home soon”, he said.

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Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, has said she was being treated for infection.

Apollo Hospitals Chairman Dr C Prathap Reddy had recently said that Jayalalithaa was in good health and was speaking using a valve attached to the tracheotomy tube.

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