From looking forward to visits by ‘King Kong’ to being tough: Here’s how medical staff at Apollo remembers Amma

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Updated: December 08, 2016 2:05 PM

After Jayalalithaa's death, a condolence meeting was held at Apollo Hospital where doctors, nurses and paramedics described how she was sometimes funny, usually cooperative, and occasionally difficult during her stay there.

The AIADMK chief suffered the cardiac arrest hours after her party told media that she has fully recovered and will be returning home soon. The AIADMK chief suffered the cardiac arrest hours after her party told media that she has fully recovered and will be returning home soon.

Jayalalithaa breathed her last on Monday night at 11.30 pm. All that are left now are momories of her. There are posts about her life, her different interviews which are going viral on Facebook. After her death, a condolence meeting was held at Apollo Hospital where doctors, nurses and paramedics described how she was sometimes funny, usually cooperative, and occasionally difficult during her stay there. According to a TOI report, in the ICU, Jayalalithaa always looked forward to visits by ‘King Kong’ – the name she fondly gave to three doughty nurses who took charge of her care. Her diet included her favourite upma, pongal or curd rice and potato curry, prepared by her cook. There was a team of 16 nurses who were posted in three shifts; Sheela, M V Renuka and Samundeeswari were among her favourites.

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She wasn’t a fan of Apollo Hospitals’ coffee. One day, she told a room full of nurses and doctors to pack up and come to her Poes Garden residence. “Come, let’s go home. I will serve you the best tea from Kodainadu,” critical care expert Dr Ramesh Venkataraman told TOI. Sometimes she was tough too! She once told UK-based Richard Beale that ‘this state’ was her turf after he told Amma that she should cooperate with him as he is the boss in the hospital.

The AIADMK chief suffered the cardiac arrest hours after her party told media that she has fully recovered and will be returning home soon. Born in 1948, Jayalalithaa started her career as an actress in South Indian films. In 1982, she joined the AIADMK, which was founded by her mentor MG Ramachandran. She first became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 1991. She has ruled the state for over 15 years.

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