CHENNAI: Having suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s condition has been reported as ‘Very critical’ by a team of experts monitoring her health condition. The Chennai Apollo hospital issued a statement that the Chief Minister is on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and that her condition continued to be critical. On the other side, the people of Tamil Nadu assembled near the Apollo Hospital causing traffic congestion.
In an official media release, Dr Subiah Vishwanathan, head of the team of experts monitoring the CM’s health condition said, “We are closely monitoring her health condition and the current state of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is very critical. She is supported by ECMO and other life-support systems. A team of doctors from AIIMs has already arrived and are treating her”.
The hospital has been periodically updating about the Chief Minister’s health condition to the Prime Minister’s Office, Union Health Ministry and the State Governor.
The State Police department was alerted to deal with the public rush around the hospital area. Sources said that it has become problematic to handle incoming emergency cases due to the increasing traffic.
The 68-year-old Chief Minister has been admitted to the hospital on September 22, following the complaints of fever and dehydration. She was later put on a ventilator and treated with antibiotics for lung congestion and infection. Doctors did a Tracheostomy to enable proper respiration.
UK-based medical specialist Dr. Richard Beale and a team of Doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, have been treating the Chief Minister as of now and the hospital is yet to release an updated health bulletin on CM Jayalalithaa’s health state.