Jayalalithaa Suffers Cardiac Arrest

Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. “She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” Chief Operating Officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in a statement.

As the news spread like wildfire, AIADMK supremo’s innumerable supporters started gathering outside the hospital. Some of them broke down.

Earlier, the AIADMK said the 68-year-old leader would soon decide when to return home with three specialist consultants from AIIMS in Delhi declaring her fully recovered. In recent days, doctors treating Jayalalithaa have been saying that ‘Amma’ has recovered enough to return home. Her party said she was directing important decisions, speaking occasionally to those who were allowed to meet her.

She was first admitted to Apollo on September 22 for what was described as dehydration and fever. However, her illness turned out to be far more serious. She had been put on respiratory support for weeks and specialists were flown in from London and Delhi to monitor her health.

Apollo Hospitals Chairman Dr C Prathap Reddy had recently said Jayalalithaa was in good health and was speaking using a valve attached to the tracheostomy tube, adding that she was normally recuperating after being in bed for several weeks and would herself decide when to go home.

Amidst these ‘good health’ reports, her cardiac arrest news was a shocker to Jayalalithaa’s party and millions of her fans.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to enquire about Jayalalithaa’s health. Rao, who holds the charge of Tamil Nadu besides Maharashtra, told the Home Minister that he was leaving for Chennai.

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