Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa today suffered a cardiac arrest, the Apollo Hospitals said. 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.” Jayalalithaa’s supporters outside the hospital broke down after hearing the news, ANI reported. Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao after the news.
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 complained of fever and dehydration. The 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.