Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away on Monday, 5 December. She had been undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai for past three months. The hospital announced the demise of the chief minister in a press release stating that she suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and despite the best efforts of the doctors she was unable to recover and passed away at 11.30 PM on Monday.
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The press release from Apollo Hospital said that she was admitted on 22 September, 2016 with complaints of fever and dehydration and underlying co-morbidities and was responding well to the multi-disciplinary care in the CCU and was subsequently recovered substantially to being able to take food orally. After which, she was shifted from advance CCU to High Dependency Unit, where her health and vitals were improving under close monitoring by specialists.
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Jayalalithaa however suffered a major cardiac arrest on 4 December, 2016 in the hospital even while the intensivist (critical care doctor) was in her room. She was immediately administered resuscitation, and provided ECMO support (the most advanced treatment currently available internationally) within the hour.
The hospital said that they tried every possible clinical attempt to sustain her revival. However, despite the efforts she was unable to recover.
The press release stated in the end, “We have worked tirelessly, combining the might of the clinical and technological resources at our command with the spirit of healing and compassion that inspires us. We Join the nation and the people of the Tamil Nadu in the deep mourning her loss.”