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Jayalalithaa moved from ICU to general ward: AIADMK

Apollo Hospitals, where Jayalalithaa is recovering, had said on Friday that the Chief Minister's 'mental functions are absolutely normal' and she is free to leave for home as and when she wishes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2016 7:35 pm
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was on Saturday shifted from the ICU to general ward at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Apollo Hospitals, where Jayalalithaa is recovering, had said on Friday that the chief minister’s ‘mental functions are absolutely normal’ and she is free to leave for home as and when she wishes, but is recuperating in ICU to avoid further infection.

Apollo Hospital gives health update of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa

The 68-year-old AIADMK supremo’s lung infection has been cured and she is breathing without the aid of ventilator. “Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) health has improved excellently. She is (continuing) undergoing physiotherapy and she may be discharged any day,” AIADMK spokesperson C Ponnaiyyan had said on Thursday.

After months of mystery and speculation Jayalalithaa’s health is improving. On November 13, she said she had taken ‘rebirth’ and she is waiting to resume her duties after her complete recovery. She also thanked the people for their prayers and wishes.

“She is having food by herself, she is sitting, she is able to talk freely… she is cheerful,” Ponnaiyyan added.

The Chief Minister was admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22, after complaints of high fever and dehydration. Later, she was treated for lung infection according to hospital reports.

Read | Jayalalithaa can be discharged from hospital whenever she feels fit: Apollo Chairman

She has been treated by specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and London. Special poojas have been organised by state ministers and AIADMK members for her speedy recovery.

While Jayalalithaa remains the chief minister of the state, her portfolios have been transferred to party’s second-in-command and her close confidante O Panneerselvam.

(with inputs from PTI.)

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  1. C
    Chandu Shah
    Nov 19, 2016 at 5:21 pm
    She should have been kept in hospital. Now she will get a heart attack. All the 1000 rupees she has got is worthless
    1. A
      Nov 19, 2016 at 9:42 pm
      Why did not they move her to a 5 Star hotel suite fir for self appointed human gods ???
      1. Deepak Vohra
        Nov 19, 2016 at 10:22 pm
        now amma shifted from ward to her grave
        1. J
          Nov 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm
          Jayalalithaa is in persistent vegetative state. A persistent vegetative state means the person has lost higher brain functions, but their undamaged brain stem still allows essential functions like heart rate and respiration to continue. A person in a vegetative state is alive and may recover to some degree but may also never fully recover. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Brain death means the person's brain stem has died.
          1. J
            Nov 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm
            There's a difference between brain death and a vegetative state, which can occur after extensive brain damage.lt;br/gt;Someone in a vegetative state can show signs of wakefulness – for example, they may open their eyes, but not respond to their surroundings.lt;br/gt;In rare cases, a person may demonstrate some sense of response that can be detected using a brain scan, but not be able to interact with their surroundings.lt;br/gt;However, the important difference between brain death and a vegetative state is that someone in a vegetative state still has a functioning brain stem, which means that:lt;br/gt;some form of consciousness may exist, breathing unaided is usually possible, lt;br/gt;there's a small chance of recovery, because the brain stem's core functions may be unaffected.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A person who is brain dead has no chance of recovery, because their body is unable to survive without artificial support.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Brain stem death is when a person no longer has any brain stem functions, and has permanently lost the potential for consciousness and the capacity to breathe.lt;br/gt;When this happens, a ventilator keeps the person's heart beating and oxygen circulating through their bloodstream. A person is confirmed as being dead when their brain stem function is permanently lost.lt;br/gt;.
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