Jayalalithaa's situation is extremely grave: UK doctor Richard Beale
He wrote: "... in spite of the progress she (Jayalalithaa) had made, her underlying health conditions inevitably meant that the risk of further problems always remained.�
Dr Richard John Beale from London Bridge Hospital, an expert on acute lung injury, multiple organ failure and general intensive care, who joined the team of doctors at the Apollo hospital in Chennai in October to treat Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday issued a press statement on her health condition.
He wrote: "... in spite of the progress she (Jayalalithaa) had made, her underlying health conditions inevitably meant that the risk of further problems always remained.”
In a written statement, Dr. Beale said the situation was extremely grave. “I can confirm that everything possible is being done to give her the best chance of surviving this shocking event. She is being cared for by a highly expert multidisciplinary team, and is now on extra-corporeal life support.”
He also added that this is the most advanced level of support available.
Here is a snapshot of the press statement posted on Twitter:
Sangita Reddy's tweet creates panic
Meanwhile, Sangita Reddy, joint managing director of Apollo Hospitals, earlier posted from her personal twitter account: “Despite our best efforts, our beloved CM remains in a grave situation.”
The tweet went viral like depicting a confirmed info from the hospital about Jayalalithaa’s health condition. This rushed enquiries from ‘Amma’ followers from all around the world. Sangita removed the tweet from her personal account and posted it on the hospital's twitter handle, drawing criticism for her usage of words ‘grave situation’.
Focus shifts to Raj Bhavan
As uncertainty looms over Jayalalithaa's health, the focus has now been shifted to Raj Bhavan and state Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. Reports suggest that the Governor flew back to Chennai from Mumbai on specific instructions from the BJP top brass.
He was told to provide regular updates to the Union government about the health situation of the Chief Minister and even the decisions taken by the AIADMK, reports Nakkeeran.
It is noted that Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao was BJP MP from Karimnagar, now in Telangana, in the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha.
Meanwhile, available members of the AIADMK legislative party are meeting in Chennai to discuss the health of their leader and immediate political strategies to be taken. All the MLAs were asked to come down to Chennai this morning.
Sasikala Natarajan, who was a close confidante of Jayalalithaa, is also in the hospital and is being updated of the agenda of the meeting.