Putting an end to the speculation surrounding Jayalalithaa’s hospitilaisation, treatment and death, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday made public her health report prepared by the All India Institute of Medical Science. Releasing the report, the state government said that best possible treatment was given to the former state chief minister. Talking to media, state health secretary J Radhakrishnan said, “It’s a self explanatory report as no information was held back. There is no basis to hearsay speculations.”
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“Certain insinuations have been made that administration of wrong drugs over a period of time prior to hospitalisation had led to health complications for the late Chief Minister,” Radhakrishnan added.
The hospital statement said an Apollo Hospital ambulance found that Jayalalithaa was breathless with low oxygen saturation resulting in drowsiness at about 10 pm on September 22. She was admitted to Apollo and diagnosed to be suffering from infection and dehydration, accompanied by respiratory distress. “There were pre-existing co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, asthmatic bronchitis and hypothyroidism, but clearly the treatment report of Apollo Hospitals as well as of AIIMS do not mention any evidence of trauma or any other event as alleged by certain political leaders,” said Radhakrishnan.
The AIIMS medical report handed over to the state government contained the analysis of Jayalalithaa’s health condition by the doctors of the premier institute during their five visits to Chennai.
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These allegations surface amid a major row that led to a split in the AIADMK, with supporters of former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam alleging foul play leading to Jayalalithaa’s death. AIADMK leader and former Speaker P.H. Pandian had alleged that Jayalalithaa was pushed down at her residence and demanded a probe in the circumstances leading to her hospitalisation.
According to Radhakrishnan, while in hospital, Jayalalithaa responded well to the multi-disciplinary care in the Critical Care Unit. “(She) interacted with family and government officials on some important issues including the Cauvery issue,” he said.
Radhakrishnan said Jayalalithaa’s clinical course deteriorated later and subsequently recovered substantially for her to resume taking food orally.
Jayalalithaa was then shifted from the Critical Care Unit to the High Dependency Unit where her health and vitals continued to improve under the close monitoring by experts, he said. All this was brought out in the reports of the AIIMS teams which visited Chennai in October and December.
He said the AIIMS reports have “consistently concurred” with the line of treatment provided at Apollo. Radhakrishnan said Jayalalithaa suffered a massive cardiac arrest on the evening of December 4. She was administered resuscitation and provided Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) support within the hour. “Every possible clinical attempt was made to sustain her revival as per prescribed medical protocols. A team of doctors, including experts from Apollo and AIIMS, assessed the situation.
“It was clinically concluded that there was no heart function and there was also no neurological improvement denoting futility of life support,” Radhakrishnan said.
Hence, after following all procedures, the position was conveyed to senior ministers and then Chief Minister Panneerselvam, Health Minister Vijayabhaskar and Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai as well as her confidante V.K. Sasikala.
“All of them understood the situation and asked the medical team to act as per the standard protocol. “The Chief Minister passed away at 11.30 p.m. on 5.12.2016.”
AIIMS Deputy Director (Administration) V Srinivas said that the state government had sought the visit notes of the delegation for its official records on Sunday. The move assumes significance in the backdrop of doubts being raised from different quarters over the former AIADMK chief’s death on December 5. Srinivas handed over the papers to the Principal Secretary of Health of Tamil Nadu, Dr J Radhakrishnan, in Delhi today.
The opposition DMK had last month approached the Madras High Court seeking a comprehensive probe into the death of Jalalalithaa. Twelve AIADMK MPs, belonging to the O Panneerselvam group, had met President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on February 28 and handed over a petition seeking a probe into the medical treatment provided to Jayalalithaa.
(With inputs from agencies)