DMK supremo Karunanidhi undergoes tracheostomy, his condition stable


DMK president M Karunanidhi on Friday underwent tracheostomy at a private hospital to optimise breathing and his condition was reported to be stable.

The 92-year-old leader, who was re-admitted to Kauvery Hospital here late last night with breathing difficulties due to throat and lung infection, has undergone tracheostomy to optimise breathing, Dr S Aravindan, Executive Director, Kauvery Hospital, said in a statement.


“Karunanidhi is stable,” he said, adding the former chief minister is being treated with antibiotics and being monitored by a team of doctors.

Meanwhile, senior DMK leaders kept thronging the hospital to enquire about the health of the party supremo. Karunanidhi’s readmission to the hospital comes about a week after he was discharged from there on 7 December, following week-long treatment for drug-induced allergy.

On 25 October, DMK had announced that Karunanidhi was suffering from allergy “caused by a medicine he has been using” and advised rest by doctors. The leader, who has of late not been seen regularly in public, has confined himself to his home, although he has been issuing statements and reacting on key matters such as demonetisation.

He had also skipped campaigning during the by-election to three state Assembly seats last month. Ruling AIADMK won all three constituencies.

(With inputs from PTI)


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