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Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, passes away at the age of 68

Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, passed away at the Apollo Hospitals. AIADMK's official Twitter handle put out, "Our beloved leader, The Iron Lady of India Puratchi Thalaivi Amma is no more."

By: | Updated: December 6, 2016 1:46 AM
Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest last evening, following which she was put on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device. (PTI) Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest last evening, following which she was put on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device. (PTI)

Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, passed away at the Apollo Hospitals. AIADMK’s official Twitter handle put out, “Our beloved leader, The Iron Lady of India Puratchi Thalaivi Amma is no more.” Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest last evening, following which she was put on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device. The 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was admitted on September 22 after she had complained of fever and dehydration. An 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, had been visiting the Apollo Hospitals regularly ever since.

Apollo Hospitals issued a statement saying, “It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at 11:30 PM today (5.12.2016). Our Honourable Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa was admitted on 22.9.2016, with complaints of fever and dehydration and underlying co0morbidities. The Honourable Chief Minister responded well to the multi-disciplinary care in the Critical Unit and subsequently recovered substantially to being able to take food orally. On this basis, Honourable Chief Minister was shifted from the advanced Critical Care Unit to the High Dependency Unit, where her health and vitals continued to improve under the close monitoring by our expert panel of specialists.”

“Unfortunately, the Honourable Chief Minister suffered a massive cardiac arrest on the evening of the 4th December, 2016, even while our intensivist was in her room. The Honourable Chief Minister was immediately administered resuscitation (CPR), and provided ECMO support within the hour. ECMO is the most advanced treatment currently available internationally. Every possible clinical attempt was made to sustain her revival. However despite our best efforts the Honourable Chief Minister’s underlying conditions rendered her unable to recover and she passed away at 11:30 PM today (5.12.2016.)”

“Every member of the Apollo Hospitals Family, the clinicians, the nursing and the paramedical staff have strived hard to provide the highest standards of care to our beloved Chief Minister. We have worked tirelessly, combining the might of the clinical and the technological resources at our command with the spirit of healing and compassion that inspires us. We join the nation and the people of the state of Tamil Nadu in deeply mourning her loss.”

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