Amma Has ‘Fully Recovered’, Will Decide When to Go Home: Doctors

The 68-year-old was admitted to the Apollo Hospital with fever and dehydration on 22 September.

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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. (Photo Courtesy: <i>The News Minute</i>)

In what will come as a relief for thousands across Tamil Nadu, Chennai’s Apollo Hospital has revealed that the state’s Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, is doing well and has completely recovered from the acute lung infection that has kept her in the hospital since 22 September .

Jayalalithaa has completely recovered and is aware of what is happening around her. She asks and demands what she wants and has to now decide on when to go home. 
Pratap Reddy, CMD, Apollo Hospitals.

Earlier in the day, a senior AIADMK leader said that Jayalalithaa’s health is under control and she will soon be moved out of the critical care unit (CCU) to a private room, said a senior AIADMK leader on Friday.

The lung infection is under control. She has passed the critical stage. The respiratory system is being weaned away. It is being used on and off.
C Ponnaiyan, AIADMK leader and spokesperson told IANS

He said for the past one week, Jayalalithaa was on semi-solid food. She was also talking to people now.

The 68-year-old was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals with fever and dehydration on 22 September.

J Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. (Photo: Reuters)
J Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. (Photo: Reuters)

Doctors later said she needed a longer stay at the hospital as she had infection and was put on respiratory support.

According to Apollo, a team of specialists like cardiologists, respiratory physicians, consultants for infectious diseases, diabetologist and endocrinologist was treating Jayalalithaa.

In its medical bulletin issued on 21 October, Apollo Hospitals said Jayalalithhaa "is interacting (with people) and progressing gradually".

According to Ponnaiyan, it is for the doctors to decide when Jayalaltihaa could be discharged.

Her health condition has improved now. The remaining health issues can be addressed while she is in a room or even at her residence.
C Ponnaiyan

He said Jayalalithaa was suffering from acute lung infection, which in turn aggravated the problem.

She was suffering from high fever for nearly 18 days at the hospital due to the infection.

"The fever was brought down by appropriate medication," Ponnaiyan added.

According to Ponnaiyan, the team of doctors – including a British doctor Richard Beale, consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy's and St.Thomas Hospital, London, doctors from AIIMS, New Delhi and from Apollo Hospitals – are taking good care and rendering expert treatment to Jayalalithaa.

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