'Jayalalithaa breathing beautifully': Apollo Hospitals confirm recovery, but CM to remain in ICCU

On 14 November, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, in a statement, told her well-wishers and supporters, "I have taken rebirth because of your prayers and worship. I would like to share this happy news with you in the first place."

Three days after that, chairman of Apollo Hospitals, Dr Prathap C Reddy told ANI that the Chief Minister has recovered completely and her mental and physical faculties are working just fine.

ANI quoted Reddy as saying, "Jayalalithaa’s recovered completely. Right now other systems of her body are being pepped up. Her mental functions are fine."

However, reports also quoted Reddy as saying that doctors wanted keep her infection-free, in view of her very low resistance. "Though she can live beautifully without ventilator support, we still put her on and off the ventilator to ensure that her lungs won't collapse," Reddy 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 pepped up," he was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

Reddy, in a media briefing, said that Jayalalithaa has still been kept in the ICU to avoid any chances cross-infection. He added that while "other systems of her body are being pepped up", her mental condition is completely fine.

Jayalalithaa breathing beautifully: Apollo Hospitals confirm recovery, but CM to remain in ICCU

Supporter of AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Reuters

Jayalalithaa, who has been in hospital since 22 September, said she has been slogging for the growth of the people of Tamil Nadu and her party from day one of her public life on the advice of her mentor and AIADMK founder chief MG Ramachandran.

The 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was admitted to the hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later, the hospital had said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

Specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and from London, among others, have treated her during the period.

In her first direct communication since being hospitalised in September, Jayalalithaa on 14 November said she has taken rebirth because of people's prayers and urged them to vote for the AIADMK in the 19 November elections.

Stating that she does not have any grievances in view of people's "great love" for her, she said, "by God's grace, very soon, by recovering fully, I am waiting to resume work."

Exhorting party workers, she asked them to work in full swing for the victory of AIADMK in the 19 November polls for Aravakkurichi, Thanjavur and Thirupparankundram constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Nellithope Assembly segment in Puducherry.

Though she could not directly meet cadres and functionaries working in these constituencies and the general public, "my heart and thoughts are with you always," she told them.

Without elaborating much, she asked party workers to "understand the nature of this statement and work with a sense of duty for making MGR's winning symbol two leaves bag a huge victory."

Soon after Jayalalithaa released the statement, political rival DMK raised doubts whether the statement was indeed released by the chief minister herself. DMK treasurer and Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly MK Stalin said "we are happy" if Jayalalithaa had recovered as mentioned by herself yesterday.

However, "It is regrettable that there was no mention of the sufferings of the people," he said, referring to the problems encountered by the citizens following the Centre's demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes which has resulted in serpentine queues at banks and ATMs.

"So, what I suspect is, whether she herself had released the statement or if it was someone else from behind the screen," Stalin told reporters.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 18, 2016 16:54:42 IST

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