Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu chief minister, today evening suffered a cardiac arrest and is currently on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device, tweeted Apollo Hospitals. In a series of tweets, the hospital said that the Tamil Nadu CM is undergoing treatment by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists. “The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals,Greams Road, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening. She is on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and is being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists. Our prayers are with her and we hope she will recover soon. We request all of you to pray for her good health and well being. #GodblessAmma,” the hospital tweeted. Apollo Hospitals also tweeted that Dr Richard Beale from London has been consulted and “he has concurred with the line of treatment by our cardiologists & pulmonologists”.
Earlier in a statement, Apollo Hospitals said, “The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening. She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts including cardiologists, pulmonologist and the critical care specialists.”
The news comes as a shock since AIADMK spokespersons had said that Jayalalithaa has recovered and would soon be discharged and resume duties. An AIIMS expert team had confirmed that Jayalalithaa had completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation, AIADMK had said. “The AIIMS doctors visited the hospital yesterday and after examining her (Jayalalithaa’s) health, they shared the good news with us that Amma (meaning mother as Jayalalithaa is fondly called by AIADMK cadres) has completely recovered,” PTI reported party spokesperson C Ponnaiyan as saying.
The 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was admitted on September 22 after she had complained of fever and dehydration. The AIIMS team, comprising Dr G Khilnani, Professor, Department of Pulmonology Medicine, Dr Anjan Trikha, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care and Dr Nitish Nayak, Professor, Department of Cardiology, has been visiting the hospital regularly ever since. Earlier this year, J Jayalalithaa won a second consecutive term as the Tamil Nadu chief minister.