Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest+ late on Sunday. She has been put on a heart assist device. Jayalalithaa has been in intensive care since September 22, after she complained of fever, dehydration and congestion. It had been announced on December 4 that she had made a full recovery.
“She (Jayalalithaa) is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including pulmonologists, cardiologists and critical care specialists,” said Subbiah Viswanathan, COO of Apollo Hospitals, where Jayalalithaa has been receiving treatment.
Later, the hospital tweeted, “She was put on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device (a heart pump) and is being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.”
Dr Richard Beale from London, who had earlier been consulted in the course of Jayalalithaa’s treatment, has concurred with the line of treatment by our cardiologists and pulmonologists, the hospital said.
Earlier, sources in the hospital said she was moved back to the intensive care unit from her room, where she was shifted to on November 19.
Acting Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao visited the hospital in the early hours of Monday to enquire about Jayalalithaa’s health.