Jayalalithaa’s mental functions ‘absolutely normal’: Apollo Hospitals

Since her hospitalisation, state ministers and AIADMK cadres have been organising special poojas at various temples across the state, praying for her speedy recovery.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published:November 18, 2016 4:40 pm
Tamil Nadu, assembly bypolls, AIADMK, AIADMK candidates, AIADMK bypoll candidates, india news, indian express AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa. (PTI Photo)

Apollo Hospitals on Friday said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s “mental functions are absolutely normal” and that she can leave for home as and when she wants to, but continues to recuperate in the ICU to avoid any infection. The 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was also “living beautifully” without ventilator, but respiratory support was being given to her periodically to ensure that her lungs don’t collapse, Apollo Hospitals Chairman Pratap C Reddy said.

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Asked by reporters when Jayalalithaa could resume her official responsibilities, Reddy said “responsibilities at that level is to guide and direct. I suppose that she can do well even now.”

“She lives beautifully without ventilator but that has been kept so that the lungs should not collapse. Only for that purpose it is used. She is sleeping normally, eating normal food and increased high-protein diet that her body needs,” he said.

“Her mental functions, I can assure you, are absolutely normal,” he added.

Reddy said that Jayalalithaa has “recovered completely” and that “she is doing well,” but continues to recuperate in the ICU to avoid any infection.

She was in ICU “to keep her infection-free, not to get exposed to any infection,” he said.

“Even when we get fever for 10 days and take all those antibiotics for 10 days, our resistance is low. So it is normal sense for us to see that she is now in a place where the restrictions are there so that she won’t get infection,” he added.

The Chief Minister can leave the hospital “any time she will want to,” Reddy said. Meanwhile, party Spokesperson Nanchil Sampath said that Jayalalithaa will return home in a few days.

“The doctors told me she is all right,” he said. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later, the hospital had said she was being treated for infection, with respiratory support, among others.

Specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; and from London, have treated her during the period.

Since her hospitalisation, state ministers and AIADMK cadres have been organising special poojas at various temples across the state, praying for her speedy recovery.

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    NArayan
    Nov 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm
    that means she is still cunning and crooked
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      NArayan
      Nov 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm
      that means she is still cunning and crooked
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        Jayalalithazzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
        Nov 19, 2016 at 2:37 am
        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, given time. Brain death means the person has died.
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          Jayalalithazzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
          Nov 19, 2016 at 2:34 am
          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.
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            Jayalalithazzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
            Nov 19, 2016 at 2:41 am
            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 existlt;br/gt;breathing unaided is usually possible lt;br/gt;there's a slim chance of recovery, because the brain stem's core functions may be unaffectedlt;br/gt;A person who is brain dead has no chance of recovery, because their body is unable to survive without artificial support.
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              KSRao
              Nov 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm
              Unfortunate for Jayalalithaa that she has to be in hospital when she had to be busy converting hidden wealth into legal tender.
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