Jayalalithaa suffers cardiac arrest

Monday, December 5, 2016

  • Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday night at Apollo hospital in Chennai.
  • Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao paid a brief visit to Jayalalithaa at Apollo hospital.
  • Cardiologists and pulmonologists from Apollo hospital are consulting Dr Richard Beale from London regarding her treatment.
  • She is on an extracorporeal membrane heart assist device, and is being treated by expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK leader J.Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday night and was shifted to Intensive Care Unit of the Apollo Hospitals where she was undergoing treatment.

According to initial inputs, she is being treated on life support system and the condition is said to be stable. Apollo Hospitals COO Subbiah Viswanathan said that ‘Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest this evening and is being treated and monitored by a team of experts including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists’.

Tamil Nadu Governor Ch.Vidyasagar Rao air dashed to Chennai form Mumbai following the development and visited the hospitals at midnight. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health condition.

Earlier following her hospitalization, besides doctors at the Apollo Hospital, Dr Richard John Beale, expert in lung injuries and intensive care management, United Kingdom and specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, were part of the treatment protocol. Doctors including UK-based intensivist Dr Richard Beale and doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, comprising pulmonologist Dr G Khilnani, anaesthesiologist Dr Anjan Trikha and cardiologist Dr Nitish Nayak, joined the team of doctors at Apollo Hospitals to treat her.

It may be recalled that 68 year old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals on the night of September 22 with fever and dehydration. After her recovery of health in the ICU was shifted to a private ward on November 19.

The Press Trust of India reported that nine units of anti-riot police, each with about 100 members, are being prepped to flown into Tamil Nadu, if needed. Police across the state have been asked to be on high alert and the entire force has been asked to report to duty at 7 am. Schools have not been closed and exams will go on as scheduled, officials said.


  • Angiogram was performed by a team of eight doctors.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of India Pranab Mukherjee and top leaders tweeted their wishes for speedy recovery of health of Jayalalithaa.
  • Petro stations and schools observes bandh today.
  • Bus services from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu have been withdrawn.
  • Governor Vidya Sagar Rao directed to police to take steps to maintain law and order situation.
  • Central Intelligence wing held talks with State intelligence department officials.
  • Leave to police personnel cancelled throughout the State.
  • 17 battalions have been deployed in the State.
  • More security deployed in and around Apollo Hospitals.
  • Nine companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) of CRPF each company comprises of 100 personnel have been put on stand-by to be immediately airlifted from various places in the country to Tamil Nadu, if needed, senior CRPF officials said.

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