In a statement, Chennai-based Apollo Hospital denied rumours which began to spread that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa died already. It said the icon leader is on life-support system and its team of doctors are trying their level best to revive her from the cardiac arrest she suffered on Sunday at 4:30 PM.
The rumours gained currency when AIDMK, Jayalalithaa’s party lowered its flag to half-mast at its headquarters briefly but after the clarification from the hospital, it was hoisted again.
Meanwhile, four doctors from Delhi’s AIIMS have been rushed to Chennai and they have examined the Chief Minister. London specialist Dr Richard Beale who had treated the Chief Minister in September said, “The situation is extremely grave but I can confirm that everything possible is being done to give her the best chance of surviving the cardiac arrest”.
The Chief Minister is now on ECMO or an Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation device that is helping her in breathing and pumping oxygen to the heart. The cardiac arrest could have been the result of fluids in lungs and their failur to provide enough oxygen to the heart.
Jayalalithaa was shifted to Apollo Hospital on September 22 and she was on life-support system for over a month before recovering slightly enabling the doctors to move her to a private room but the cardiac arrest yesterday forced them to rush her back to the ICU in the hospital.