Jayalalithaa Suffers Cardiac Arrest, Forces Deployed Across Chennai


Update: TN Governor paid a visit to the ailing Chief Minister. DGP asks all police officers, personnels to report for duty by 7 am on Monday. Supporters throng the hospital premises praying for speedy recovery. Doctors trying their best to cure her.Next few hours critical.

Update:  Jayalalithaa is on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device,being treated by expert doctors & critical care specialists: Apollo Hospitals.

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Chennai: The condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who is hospitalised here since September 22, deteriorated on Sunday as she suffered cardiac arrest.

“The honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening,” said a statement tonight by Apollo Hospital where she is admitted.

“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 statement. A team of AIIMS doctors are heading to Chennai.

Central Paramilitary forces, police, BSF has been deployed in the hospital premises. Tamil Nadu cabinet has called for an emergency meeting in the hospital. Meanwhile wailing AIADMK leaders are crowding the hospital.

News about the 68-year-old leader suffering the cardiac arrest came hours after her party AIADMK said she will return home “soon” as an AIIMS expert team had confirmed that she has completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation.

Soon after the Apollo statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health. President Pranab Mukherjee also tweeted praying for her speedy recovery. Union Health Minister has also enquired about her health status. Mamata Banerjee also tweeted about the same.

During the 10-minute telephonic conversation, Rao briefed Singh about the health condition of the Chief Minister and conveyed that doctors attending to her were taking all necessary steps. He told the Home Minister that he was reaching Chennai to personally monitor the situation in Tamil Nadu arising out of the sudden deterioration in the health of Jayalalithaa, official sources said.

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.