CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa remains very critical after last evening’s cardiac arrest, Chennai’s Apollo Hospital said in a statement not long after her party the AIADMK said that the leader had a heart surgery this morning and that she “is improving”. The hospital has denied that Ms Jayalalithaa had an angio procedure and said she continues to be on an extracorporeal membrane heart assist device or ECMO, a life support system that aids heart and lung functioning.
Sangita Reddy of Apollo hospital tweeted, “Despite our best efforts, our beloved CM remains in a grave situation.”
A team of four doctors from Delhi’s prestigious AIIMS will arrive in Chennai this evening and will join Apollo’s experts treating and monitoring the chief minister.
The state’s Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has arrived at the hospital for his second visit since last night. He had reportedly briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh after last night’s visit and told him that law and order in the state is under control.
Hundreds of Ms Jayalalithaa’s supporters have been outside the hospital overnight, and the crowds are now swelling after the latest statement from doctors, with people wailing and weeping. They had been assured by the AIADMK this morning that the chief minister was better. “There was an angio procedure this morning. Doctors say don’t worry, Amma will be fine,” AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi had said, adding, “we are telling cadres don’t worry. God is with Amma, she will come back. Definitely she will be ok.” They had been assured by the AIADMK this morning that the chief minister was better. “There was an angio procedure this morning. Doctors say don’t worry, Amma will be fine,” AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi had said, adding, “we are telling cadres don’t worry. God is with Amma, she will come back. Definitely she will be ok.”
There is heavy security outside the hospital, with barricades put up. The police, on high alert, have blocked roads leading up to the hospital to avoid congestion.
AIADMK lawmakers and ministers are holding an informal meeting inside the hospital, source said. Top bureaucrats are also at the hospital as are Ms Jayalalithaa’s close aides Sasikala and Sheela Balakrishnan, a former chief secretary and adviser to the chief minister.
Ms Jayalalithaa was admitted at the Apollo hospital on September 22 and has been there since. Initially her party said she had dehydration and fever, but doctors later said she had an acute lung infection and was on respiratory support.
For several weeks, the hospital had reported much improvement in Ms Jayalalithaa’s health and said she could decide when to be discharged. Her party said she was directing important decisions and had begun speaking.
On Saturday, the AIADMK had said Ms Jayalalithaa had been declared fully recovered by a team of doctors from AIIMS and would decide when to return home.