Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa has recovered fully but continues to be in the intensive critical care unit (ICCU) of Apollo Hospitals in Chennai as doctors want to keep her infection-free in view of her very low resistance, hospital founder-chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy said on Friday.
Talking to reporters, Dr Reddy said the Chief Minister, who has been undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital since September 22, could be “shifted out anytime it deems right”.
“Though she can live beautifully without ventilator support, still we put her on and off the ventilator to ensure that her lungs won’t collapse,” he said.
“I can confidently say our efforts and people’s prayers have produced good results. She can leave hospital any time she wants. We keep her in hospital because her other systems needs to be prepped up,” he said.
Dr Reddy said Jayalalithaa was eating and talking normally. The chief minister was on high protein diet as her body required that, he added.
A team of specialists continues to monitor her closely and all efforts taken to prevent further infection.
A day earlier, her party spokesperson C Ponnaiyyan has said her lung infection had been cured and she was breathing without respiratory support and may be discharged from hospital any day.
“Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) health has improved excellently. She is (continuing) undergoing physiotherapy and she may be discharged any day,” Ponnaiyyan told reporters, according to NDTV.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later, the hospital said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support.
On November 13, the 68-year old leader said she has taken “rebirth” and that she was waiting to resume her duties after complete recovery.