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.

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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.)