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Rhythma Kaul: Speculation about Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s health intensified on Friday after
Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi sent heart, lungs and anesthesia specialists to Chennai, fuelling rumours that her internal organs may be severely affected.
Sources say the three specialists — GC Khilnani of the pulmonary and respiratory medicine and critical care department, Nitish Naik of the department of cardiology and Anjan Trikha from anaesthesiology and critical care — were flown to Chennai to ‘have a look’ at the treatment being given to the CM at Apollo Hospital, where she is admitted since September 22.
“Her exact health condition only the treating doctors will be able to tell but she has been in the hospital ICU for quite some time now, which means the infection in her blood isn’t contained,” said an AIIMS doctor, requesting anonymity.“It usually starts with fever and dehydration and then the condition starts deteriorating .”
The chief minister’s health has triggered wild rumours across the state, despite the hospital and her party, the AIADMK, repeatedly saying that she was improving. Her political rival, DMK’s M Karunanidhi, has even asked for photographic evidence of her well-being, only to be rebuffed.
An official in the Union health ministry said the Tamil Nadu government directly got in touch with AIIMS authorities, asking for experts to be sent for a second opinion.“We have an experienced faculty, and everybody can add on to the clinical experience in managing th