Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has “completely recovered” and it is now up to her to decide when to go home, Chennai’s Apollo hospital said in a statement . Dr Pratap Reddy, chief of Apollo, said the 68-year-old leader is now aware of what is happening around her and “asks and demands what she wants.” Jayalalithaa has been in hospital since September 22, being treated for lung infection, doctors said.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, who has been ailing for over a month, will soon be moved out of the critical care care unit (CCU) to a private room, said a senior AIADMK leader on Friday.
“The lung infection is under control. She has passed the critical stage. The respiratory system is being weaned away. It is being used on and off,” senior AIADMK leader and spokesperson C.Ponnaiyan said.
According to media reports, Ponnaiyan said for the past one week Jayalalithaa was having semi solid food and she is also talking with people now. The 68-year-old was admitted to the Apollo Hospital with fever and dehydration on September 22.
Doctors later said she needed a longer stay at the hospital as she had infection and was put on respiratory support.
According to the private hospital, a team of specialists like cardiologists, respiratory physicians, consultants for infectious diseases, diabetologist and endocrinologist was treating the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
In its medical bulletin issued on October 21, Apollo Hospitals said Ms Jayalalithaa “is interacting (with people) and progressing gradually”.
“Her health condition has improved now. The remaining health issues can be addressed while she is in a room or even at her residence,” Ponnaiyan added.
The spokesperson said Jayalalithaa was suffering from acute lung infection which in turn aggravated the problem. She was suffering from high fever for nearly 18 days at the hospital due to the infection.
“The fever was brought down by appropriate medication,” Ponnaiyan added.
A team of doctors including a British doctor Richard Beale, consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy’s and St.Thomas Hospital, London, doctors from AIIMS, New Delhi and from Apollo Hospitals are taking good care and rendering expert treatment to Ms Jayalalithaa, the spokesperson said.
Earlier, Jayalalithaa supporters across the state performed special prayers at places of worship for Jayalalithaa’s speedy recovery. As per media reports, after observing ritualistic stipulations for days, a massive “milk pot” procession was taken out in Madurai by AIADMK workers and supporters in which a sizable number of women cadres participated.
Her supporters started the procession from Saravana Poigai tank and culminated at the Subramania Swamy temple in Tiruparankundram where the milk carried in pots was used for worship by them. Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar and his party workers participated in the prayers.