Iconic Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha who was undergoing treatment in Chennai’s Apollo Hospital for the last 75 days has passed away. The official statement released by the hospital reads:
“It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at 11.30 pm today,” Apollo Hospitals said in a statement. After her cardiac arrest, she was administered resuscitation (CPR) and ECMO (extra corporeal membrane heart assist device) support within the hour. ECMO is the most advanced treatment currently available internationally. Every possible clinical attempt was made to sustain her revival. However, despite our best efforts, the Honourable Chief Minister’s underlying conditions rendered her unable to recover and she passed away at 11.30 pm today…Every member of the Apollo Hospitals family, the clinicians, the nursing and the paramedical staff, have strived hard to provide the highest standards of care…we have worked tirelessly, combining the might of the clinical and technological resources at our command with the spirit of healing and compassion that inspires us.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Deeply saddened at the passing away of Jayalalithaa; her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics.”
Throughout the day as rumours of Jayalalitha’s health spread, Tamil Nadu was on the edge as her supporters thronged the streets leading up to Apollo Hospital. At one point of time AIADMK flag at the party headquarters in Royapettah was lowered to half mast, but was raised again as hospital issued a statement that she was still alive.
With inputs from PTI