Jayalalithaa put on heart assist device, Tamil Nadu waiting to explode


Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J.JayalalithaaTamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, 68, has been put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a heart assist device, after she underwent an important heart surgery on December 5.

Having been admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22 with fever, Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest on December 4. She is currently being cared 24X7 by a team of specialist doctors, including cardiologists, pulmonologists and critical care specialists. A UK-based specialist has also been consulted for her treatment.

Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who is also the Maharashtra Governor, rushed to Chennai and visited Apollo Hospital on December 4 night.

While this was so, the central government has rushed Dr Narang, Dr Talwar, Dr Trehan and Dr Trikha of All India Institute of Medical Sciences to Chennai to treat Jayalalithaa. Union health minister JP Nadda said whatever possible within human limits is being done.

He tweeted, “The government is in regular touch with Apollo Hospital and Tamil Nadu government; have also sent a team to Chennai.”

Outside the hospital, hundreds of AIADMK workers and ministers, including women, gathered on December 4 and left on December 5 praying for Jayalalithaa’s swift recovery. A thick blanket of security has been put around the hospital to maintain law and order.

Following deteriorating health condition of Jayalalithaa, police forces have been deployed at various places in Bengaluru, where Tamil speaking population reside. Karnataka State Reserve Police and City Armed Reserve Police have been deployed at Attibele, Sarjapura, Hosur check posts and other border places. Central Reserve Police Force has been deployed across Tamil Nadu and places in Chennai.

While Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation cancelled all its Chennai-bound buses expecting violence in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka state-run buses stopped their services to Tamil Nadu following stone pelting near Tiruvannamalai.

Meanwhile, the US Consulate General in Chennai has temporarily suspended appointments for routine services to US citizens and visa applicants.