M Karunanidhi dies, Kauvery Hospital confirms his death


DMK President and the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi, has died. His death was confirmed by Kauvery hospital at 6.40 pm. Confirming the news, the hospital said, “With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaingar Dr M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 06 10 PM. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond.

This was barely few hours after doctors treating Karunanidhi at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai said that veteran politician’s condition had turned ‘extremely critical and unstable.’

In its latest medical bulletin, the Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, said, “There has been significant decline in the clinical condition of Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi over the last few hours. Despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate.”

In his previous medical bulletin, Dr Selvaraj had said that the next 24 hours were crucial as the 94-year-old politician’s health condition deteriorated.

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, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami held a meeting with top officials and reviewed the situation in light of declining health of Karunanidhi. Security has been beefed up at the hospital and the Gopalapuram residence of the five-time chief minister in Chennai. A general alert has been sounded across Tamil Nadu.

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