Jayalalithaa ‘completely recovered’

  • She will be moved out of CCU soon: party spokesperson

Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has “completely recovered” and it is now up to her to decide when to go home, Apollo Hospital, where she is being treated, said on Friday.

Press Trust of India quoted Dr Pratap Reddy, chief of Apollo, as saying that the 68-year-old leader is now aware of what is happening around her and “asks and demands what she wants.”

Earlier, senior AIADMK leader and party spokesperson C Ponnaiyan said Jayalalithaa will soon be moved out of the Critical Care Unit (CCU) to a private room,

“The lung infection is under control. She has passed the critical stage. The respiratory system is being weaned away. It is being used on and off,” IANS quoted him as saying.

According to Ponnaiyan, it is for the doctors to decide when Jayalaltihaa could be discharged. “Her health condition has improved now. The remaining health issues can be addressed while she is in a room or even at her residence,” he added.

The AIADMK spokesperson said Jayalalithaa was suffering from acute lung infection which in turn aggravated the problem. She was suffering from high fever for nearly 18 days at the hospital due to the infection. “The fever was brought down by appropriate medication,” Ponnaiyan said and praised the efforts of the medical team that is treating her. He said for the past one week, Jayalalithaa had been taking semi solid food and able to talk to people.

She was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals with fever and dehydration on September 22. Her initial health condition had caused concern but later she started recovering. A team of medical specialists, both Indian and foreign, has been treating Jayalalithaa at Apollo. In its October 21 medical bulletin, the hospital said the chief minister “is interacting (with people) and progressing gradually.”

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