More than a year after former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha died after undergoing treatment at Chennai’s Apollo hospital due to illness, its founder and chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy said that the doctors did their best they could while treating the late leader. “An inquiry is on. Former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa was brought to the hospital in a critical condition. She showed significant progress later. But disease pattern was such and because of acute respiratory distress syndrome, she passed away. Our team of doctors did the best they could,” he said. Jayalalithaa who was brought to the hospital on September 22 last year, was treated in the hospital for 75 days before the former CM breathed her last on December 5.
On Friday, while speaking to a private television channel, Apollo Hospitals Vice-Chairperson Preetha Reddy said that Jayalalithaa was brought to the hospital in a breathless condition and was given proper treatment after which she recovered. “Unfortunately, you know the outcome at the end was not what everybody was looking for. And that is the hand of fate which I don’t think anyone can do anything about it”, she was quoted as saying. When asked about the controversy raked up by some persons in circumstances leading to her death, Reddy further said the hospital treated her with best doctors from New Delhi as also from abroad. Hospital did its best and best doctors from Delhi and abroad were called for her treatment, she said.
“There is an inquiry and I think that is the best thing that has been done. Let them go through the data…. I think all the mysteries will then be solved”, she added. Tamil Nadu Government had appointed a one-man inquiry commission, headed by retired Justice A Arumughasamy to probe the circumstances leading to her death. It has already started with the inquiry. After being asked, who was beside the late chief minister when she was being treated, Reddy said people who were required and approved by her were by her bedside at the time of treatment.