Five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi is recuperating at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai after his blood pressure dropped last weekend. The last medical bulletin released by the hospital stated that his vital signs have gradually normalised, but he will continue to be hospitalised due to the overall decline in his general health given his age. Karunanidhi recently turned 94.
Several leaders have visited the 94-year-old over the last week including Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Karunanidhi’s children and DMK leaders MK Stalin, MK Kanimozhi and MK Alagizhi have been by his side.
Fans and well-wishers have thronged Kauvery Hospital in Alwarpet, shouting slogans of ‘Long Live Karunanidhi’ since he was admitted on Friday night. Security has been heightened around the hospital as well as the leader’s Gopalapuram residence.
Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK chief M Karunanidhi is being treated at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai. Follow updates in Tamil.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan visits Karunanidhi
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan visited the DMK leader in Kauvery Hospital this morning. Pinarayi said, 'He has immense will power. His condition is improving.'
Earlier on July 28, the Kerala CM tweet that former Tamil Nadu chief minister '... is a born fighter.' Wishing him a quick recovery, Pinarayi said, ' I am sure he will fight back and return fast to good health.'
Actor Ajith visits Karunanidhi
Actor Ajith also paid a visit to DMK chief Karunanidhi at Kauvery Hospital. (PTI)
Actor Vijay visits Karunanidhi in hospital
Update: Doctors recommend extended hospitalisation for Karunanidhi
The last medical bulletin released by Kauvery Hospital on Tuesday stated: “DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi was admitted on 28/07/2018 with drop in blood pressure. He was resuscitated and stabilized in the ICU and managed by a team of doctors and nurses. There was a setback on his clinical condition on 29/07/2018 due to difficulty in breathing. He responded well to medical management and his vital signs have gradually normalised.
"Although there has been resolution of the condition which led to his hospital admission, extended period of hospitalization will be necessary due to age related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters. He continues to maintain his vital signs with active medical support," it added.
Karunanidhi medical bulletin released by Kauvery hospital
Although there has been a resolution of the condition which led to his hospital admission, an extended period of hospitalisation will be necessary due to age-related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters.
Watch | Rahul Gandhi in Kauvery hospital
Inside pic of Karunanidhi from Kauvery Hospital
காவேரி மருத்துவனையில் சிகிச்சை பெற்று வரும் தலைவர் கலைஞர் அவர்களை அகில இந்திய காங்கிரஸ் கட்சித் தலைவர் திரு. ராகுல் காந்தி @RahulGandhi அவர்கள் நேரில் சந்தித்து தலைவர் கலைஞர் அவர்களின் உடல்நலம் குறித்து மருத்துவரிடம் கேட்டறிந்தார். - Admin pic.twitter.com/cieRBsXPEH— KalaignarKarunanidhi (@kalaignar89) July 31, 2018
Congress' Rahul Gandhi visits Karunanidhi in hospitals
"I wanted to come and see M Karunanidhi Ji. He is a tough person, I met him and he is stable. Sonia ji has sent her best wishes and regards to the family," said Rahul Gandhi after visiting the DMK patriarch at the Kauvery hospital.
Malaysian Indian Congress visits Karunanidhi
Today, on behalf of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), we arrived here to meet DMK Chief M Karunanidhi. He is a leader for Indians in Malaysia. We met doctors, Stalin and Kanimozhi as well, everything seems ok by God's grace: Vigneswaran Sanasee, Malaysian Senate President pic.twitter.com/ArCDFFSzAl— ANI (@ANI) July 31, 2018
Rahul Gandhi to visit Karunanidhi today
Congress president Rahul Gandhi will travel to Chennai today to visit DMK chief Karunanidhi, reports ANI.
Karunanidhi being monitored in ICU
Karunanidhi is still in intensive care and is being treated by a team of experts. Last night, his son and DMK working president MK Stalin said his condition was stable. Karunanidhi had undergone a procedure on July 18 to replace a tracheostomy tube to help in breathing. In the early hours of Saturday, he was shifted from his residence to Kauvery Hospital after a drop in his blood pressure. Doctors said his vital signs are normalising after he suffered a "transient setback".
Srisena's representatives submit 'recovery wishes' letter to Stalin in hospital
ANI tweeted a photo with Sri Lankan President representatives submitting a letter to DMK chief Karunanidhi's son M K Stalin from Srisena wishing Karunanidhi a 'speedy recovery'
Representatives of Sri Lankan President visit Karunanidhi, submit letter from Srisena to Stalin
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar visits Karunanidhi
NCP leader Sharad Pawar visited Chennai's Kauvery hospital today where Karunanidhi is admitted since Sunday. He met M K Stalin and Kanimozhi and inquired about the DMK Chief's health. Senior politicians have been visiting the hospital to wish Karunanidhi a speedy recovery.
Chennai: NCP president Sharad Pawar meets DMK leaders MK Stalin and Kanimozhi at Kauvery Hospital where DMK Chief M Karunanidhi is undergoing treatment pic.twitter.com/GXjrtDFThV
— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2018
In Photos: Crowd outside Kauvery hospital only seems to be increasing
More visuals from outside the Kauvery hospital are coming up as people wait outside the hospital to hear about the DMK patriarch's health. On late Sunday evening, there was a bulletin released by the hospital regarding a transient setback in Karunanidhi's health, however, his vital signs had normalised. Scores of people across Tamil Nadu are praying for his health and speedy recovery ever since he has been admitted to the hospital on Saturday.</
DMK workers pray for Karunanidhi's health at his ancestral home in Coimbatore
Supporters raise slogans asking Karunanidhi to come out of hospital
Karunanidhi is better and is recovering well: Palaniswami
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswamy and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam visit Karunanidhi. "I have just met him in Kauvery hospital, he is better and is recovering well," said Palaniswami after meeting M Karunanidhi.ANI photo
DMK workers continue to gather outside Kauvery Hospital in Chennai
DMK workers continue to gather outside Kauvery Hospital in Chennai where DMK Chief M Karunanidhi is undergoing treatment.
Heavy security outside Kauvery Hospital
Visuals of heavy security outside Kauvery Hospital in Chennai where DMK Chief M Karunanidhi is undergoing treatment.
Crowd did not disperse even after getting Karunanidhi health update
After the hospital bulletin was released close to 10pm, the relieved crowd, nonetheless did not disperse, leading to tense moments with police resorting to mild lathicharge. Meanwhile, as members of the family started leaving the hospital, they were thronged by followers and media persons.
Anxious cadres were chanting “elunthu va” (rise and come) for Karunanidhi
The anxious cadres were heard chanting “elunthu va” (rise and come) and praying for their leader. With the strength of the crowd greater than on previous days, police security was beefed up with an IPS officer manning the entrance of the hospital and allowing very few people inside on Sunday evening.
DMK leader A Raja says Karunanidhi was critical for a short period
On Sunday, senior DMK leader A Raja repeated the hospital statement and requested that the public and party supporters ignore all rumours about Karunanidhi’s health condition. He also said that Karunanidhi was critical for a short period. “But he is stable now. Critical care treatment is being given now. Do not believe in rumours.
'Karunanidhi's vital signs are normalising'
A medical bulletin at around 10 pm issued by the Kauvery Hospital where he is being treated stated: “There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of DMK president M Karunanidhi. With active medical support, his vital signs are normalising. He continues to be closely monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors.”
DMK chief M Karunanidhi had ‘transient setback’, but improving, says hospital
DMK president M Karunanidhi continued to remain under medical supervision Sunday following a “transient setback” earlier in the day. As scores of party supporters gathered outside the hospital in Chennai, doctors treating him said his vital signs are “normalising”. Karunanidhi (94) was rushed to a private hospital in Chennai around on Saturday following a drop in his blood pressure. Read more
Karunanidhi supporters outside Chennai's Kauvery hospital
For past three days we've been waiting here. We didn't have food or water. We don't know what's happening to our Thaliavar (Karunanidhi ). Will somebody tell us? What's the harm in giving us details? We're his supporters&want to know: DMK supporters outside Chennai's Kauvery hospital quotes ANI
DMK president had recently undwewent surgery to support breathing
Karunanidhi has not been keeping well since October 2016 and recently had undergone a procedure to change his tracheostomy tube, to help him breathe. On Wednesday, Stalin had said that Karunanidhi was suffering from fever and doctors were providing medication as he assured there was nothing to worry about the 94-year-old leader’s health.
Crowd cheered as announcement of Karunanidhi's recovery from 'setback' was announced
The announcement was greeted with loud cheers by the ardent admirers of Karunanidhi who have gathered in large numbers at the hospital Hundreds of policemen are deployed in and around the hospital in upscale Alwarpet.
M K Stalin urges cadre to not indulge in violence
M K Stalin issues a statement over M Karunanidhi's health condition, states, "There was an unexpected setback in his health but after intense medical care, he's normalising. Doctors' team is continuously monitoring him. Appeal to cadres to not indulge in violence or disturb police or public"
காவேரி மருத்துவமனை அளித்த அறிக்கையின் படி, தலைவர் கலைஞர் அவர்களின் உடல்நிலையில் சற்று பின்னடைவு ஏற்பட்டாலும், தற்போது தலைவர் நலமாக, தொடர்ந்து மருத்துவர்களின் கண்காணிப்பில் இருக்கிறார். ஆகவே, கழகத் தோழர்கள் பொதுமக்களுக்கு இடையூறு அளிக்காமல், அமைதி காக்க வேண்டுகிறேன்!— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) July 29, 2018
A Raja urged supporters to not believe in rumour mongering
A Raja urges supporters to retreat home in order to protect the law and order situation outside Kauvery hospital. The Police had later conducted a lathi charge to disperse the increasing crowd outside the hospital where the DMK chief is undergoing intensive medical treatment.
Massive police deployed after lathi charge outside Kauvery hospital
Medical bulletin brought relief amid worried Karunanidhi supporters
"It is true that there was a transient set back. But it has been set right due to intensive medical care. Do not believe in rumours. He continues to be treated at the ICU," DMK leader and former Union Minister A Raja told reporters at the hospital premises. The announcement was greeted with loud cheers by the ardent admirers of Karunanidhi who have gathered in large numbers at the hospital. Hundreds of policemen are deployed in and around the hospital in upscale Alwarpet. (PTI)
M K Stalin has gone back from the Kauvery hospital
A massive sea of supporters has gathered outside the Kauvery Hospital where Karunanidhi is undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, son M K Stalin has left for his home. The DMK patriarch suffered a minor setback after which his vital signs have once again started normalising.
Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami to visit Karunanidhi in hospital at midnight
Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami is expected to arrive in Chennai at midnight, following which he will visit the ailing DMK chief in the hospital.
Do not believe rumours: A Raja
Addressing the media outside the hospital, DMK's east district unit in-charge A Raja said, "Kalaignar's health suffered a temporary setback, but he is now stable after medical support. Please do not believe rumours."