Amidst rumours, the Apollo Hospital in Chennai has issued a medical bulletin saying Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and is being treated now. The report comes hours after AIADMK claimed an AIIMS expert team had confirmed that she had completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation. “The honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening. She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” Chief Operating Officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the bulletin.
As a precautionary measure, forces have been deployed outside the hospital. Nine companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) of CRPF have been put on stand-by to be immediately airlifted from various places in the country to Tamil Nadu, if needed, senior CRPF officials said. A RAF company comprises around 100 personnel. According to reports, a cabinet meeting is underway at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to enquire about Jayalalitha’s health. The supporters of Jayalalithaa were in deep pain after hearing the news of the cardiac arrest.
President Pranab Mukherjee also expressed concern and wished the chief minister a speedy recovery. “Distressed to hear about CM Jayalalithaa suffering a cardiac arrest, my prayers for her speedy recovery,” Mukherjee tweeted.
Distressed to hear about CM Jayalalithaa suffering a cardiac arrest, my prayers for her speedy recovery #PresidentMukherjee
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) December 4, 2016
Earlier party spokesperson C Ponnaiyan had claimed AIIMS doctors visited the hospital on Saturday and after examining her health, “shared the good news with us that Amma has completely recovered.”
The team, comprising senior doctors has been visiting the hospital regularly ever since the 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was admitted. Ponnaiyan claimed the Chief Minister was doing “physical exercises” and undergoing “physiotherapy”, was eating food on her own and advising officers on issues related to government and party activities. Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.
(With inputs from PTI)