M Karunanidhi’s health condition declines, doctor says ‘next 24 hours’ are crucial

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The doctors treating DMK president M Karunanidhi have said that the next 24 hours were crucial as the 94-year-old politician’s health condition deteriorated.

The medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital said, “There has been a decline in the medical condition of DMK president and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments.”

The bulletin issued by Executive Director of the Hospital Dr Aravindan Selvaraj further added, “He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis.”

Meanwhile there are reports that his son MK Stalin had left the Cauvery Hospital around 10 pm on Monday night. As the latest set back was announced, a large number of DMK volunteers thronged the hospital premises. Lot of supporters were seen in tears as they expressed their pain on the deteriorating health of their leader.

Karunanidhi was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on July 28 following a dip in his blood pressure, which stabilised after medical intervention. The hospital, however, had on 31 July had said an extended period of hospitalisation will be necessary due to age related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters. Since then he continues to be monitored by a team of specialists, reported PTI.

Meanwhile, a host of dignitaries and leaders, including President Ram Nath Kovind Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and Congress President Rahul Gandhi have visited the hospital and inquired about the veteran’s health.

For the first time since his hospitalisation, the DMK patriarch’s wife Dayalu Ammal visited him earlier in the day on Monday.

Wheel-chair bound, she arrived in a vehicle usually used by Karunanidhi. For quite sometime, she is not keeping well due to age related issues.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief Su Thirunavukkarasar too visted the hospital and after meeting the DMK president’s family members told reporters that there was a “slight decline in his health this morning.

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