CHENNAI: The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, who is in a very critical state after a cardiac arrest according to hospital sources, underwent cardiac surgery this morning, announced his party, the AIADMK.
“There was an angio procedure this morning. Doctors say do not worry, Jayalalithaa will be fine,” said spokesman CR Saraswathi, adding, “We tell the cadres do not worry.” God is with Amma, she’s coming back. Sure she’ll be okay. ”
Ms. Jayalalithaa, 68, suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday night and was placed on an extra-corporeal cardiac assist device, a life support system that helps the heart and lungs function.
EU Health Minister JP Nadda said a team of four senior doctors from the prestigious AIIMS in Delhi was sent to Chennai at the request of the Apollo Hospital, where the Chief Minister was The last three months.
Apollo did not do a medical update this morning. His Sangeeta Reddy tweeted last night, “TN CM Jayalalitaa is critical. Multiplexes specialized team hospitals apollo try everything, including the ecmo.La prayer for his recovery.”
Reddy said physicians were closely monitoring the state of the Chief Minister and “doing their best.”
Outside the hospital, hundreds of supporters of Amma or mother, as Ms. Jayalalithaa is known to her millions of fans, gathered crying and praying and there is heavy security, with barricades in place. The police, on alert, blocked the roads leading to the hospital to avoid congestion.
Most of the Tamil Nadu ministers are in the hospital – many of them were there during the night – as well as senior officials and close collaborators of Mrs. Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and Sheela Balakrishnan, former chief secretary and Prime Minister.
The governor of Tamil Nadu, Vidyasagar Rao, traveled to Chennai from Mumbai on Sunday evening after a conversation with Interior Minister Rajnath Singh. Mr. Rao visited the hospital and was there for about 10 minutes.
He has not made any statement since, but he would have informed the Minister of the Interior.
The police asked people not to believe the rumors and said the public order is under control. Press Trust of India reported on Sunday evening that nine units of the riot police, each with a hundred members, were prepared to be sent to Tamil Nadu if necessary.
Ms. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on September 22 and has since been there. At first, her group said she had dehydration and fever, but later doctors said she had an acute lung infection and was on respiratory support.
For several weeks, the hospital had reported much improvement in Ms. Jayalalithaa’s health and said she could decide when to be released. Her party said she was leading important decisions and started talking.
On Saturday, AIADMK said that Ms. Jayalalithaa had been declared completely recovered by a team of AIIMS doctors and that she would decide on her return home.