Tamil Nadu chief minister, J Jayalalithaa has died of cardiac arrest, the hospital has finally confirmed ending all uncertainties over her health.
The release said, “It’s with indescribable grief that we announce the demise of our esteemed honourable chief minister of Tamil Nadu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at 11.30 PM today (05-12-2016)”
Watch Jayalalitha’s body being taken to Poes Garden. (Courtesy Jaya TV)
“Our honourable Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa was admitted on 22.9.2016 with complaints of fever and dehydration and underlying co-morbidities. The honourable Chief Minister responded well to the multi-disciplinary care in the Critical Care Unit and subsequently recovered substantially to being able to take food orally.
“On this basis, honourable Chief Minister was shifted from the Advanced Critical Care Unit to the High Dependency Unit, where her health and vitals continued to improve under the close monitoring by our expert panel of specialists.”
Unfortunately, the hospital release said, the Chief Minister suffered a massive cardiac arrest on the evening of December 4 even while the intensivist was in her room. The Chief Minister was immediately administered rescusitation (CPR) and provided ECMO support within the hour.
ECMO is the most advanced treatment currently available internationally. Every possible clinical attempt was made to sustain her revival. However, despite our best efforts, the Chief Minister’s underlying conditions rendered her unable to recover and she passed away at 11:30 pm on Monday, the release said.
Her body was taken out of the hospital at 02.30 AM on Tuesday for Poes Garden as soon as possible fearing violence.
Despite this being early hours, thousands of supporters had gathered on both sides of the road to pay their respect to their leader. The sight of thousands of people waiting on both sides of the road to watch the cavalcade carrying Jayalalithaa’s mortal remains was incredible.
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Apollo hospital had earlier denied media reports that the Tamil Nadu chief minister, J Jayalalithaa had died of cardiac arrest.
Several media outlets including Indian Express, Hindustan Times and News 24 news channel had quoted Tamil channels while reporting Jayalalitha’s death.
She was admitted in Apollo Hospital on Saturday night.
Hindustan Times reported of a violence breaking out at Apollo hospital as soon as the news started tricking out.
The paper reported that the party flag was seen flying at half-mast at the party headquarters in Chennai.
The next health bulletin is expected to be out at 11 PM.
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu visited the hospital in the evening before reportedly updating the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on her health.
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However, hospital denied the report prompting the AIADMK to raise the flag once again.
The statement read, “Some TV channels are wrongly reporting that Honourable chief minister is no more. This is totally baseless and false.”
On Monday, Apollo Hospital had said that Jayalalithaa remained in “grave situation” despite the best efforts of doctors.
68-year-old Jayalalithaa has been put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a heart assist device, and was under the watch of experts, including cardiologists.
A large number of AIADMK cadres, including women, anxiously stayed put outside the hospital, which has been covered in a thick blanket of security. Worried party supporters continued to pray for her recovery.
Jayalalithaa had defied all odds and had returned to power in Tamil Nadu in May this year. Known as the Iron Lady of the south Indian politics, she was born in 1948 and had started her career as an actor in South Indian films.
She joined the AIADMK in 1982, a party that her mentor MG Ramachandran had founded.
First time she became the Tamil Nadu chief minister was in 1991. She governed the state for over 15 years.