Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has launched the 'Amma Baby Care Kit' scheme, wherein…
Dhruba Jyoti, New Delhi: More than two weeks ago, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was admitted to
Chennai’s Apollo Hospital with complaints of high fever and dehydration, triggering alarm across the state.
By then, rumours mills in Tamil Nadu had been working over time for months as Jayalalithaa’s public appearances steadily decreased – some of them were even dragged to court by the CM for speculating on her health.
Over the past 17 days, as the AIADMK chief recuperated on the second floor of Apollo Hospital, the state government strictly controlled the flow of information, sparking feverish speculation. Here’s what we know so far:
There is still little clarity over what exactly ails the 68-year-old. For the first 10 days, the hospital sent out cryptic health bulletins that specified little other than she had fever and was recovering. Her party also insisted that “Amma” would be back in the administrative saddle soon.
But it is increasingly clear that this won’t be the case and the CM will be under treatment for some time.
First, the Apollo flew in a doctor from London who specializes in critical care and multi-organ failure.
A few days later, a three-member team of specialists – a cardiologist, a pulmonary specialist and a anesthesiologist — was rushed to Chennai from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
The same day Apollo detailed her treatment for the first time — decongestion of lungs, nebulisation for breathing, administration of antibiotics, supportive therapy, and general nursing care.
Most people now think her critical organs are severely affected and the infection is worse than previously thought of.Speculation and frenzy
The secrecy shrouding the chief minister’s health has lead to wild speculation and a flurry of fake messages and morphed photos adding to the frenzy. For the first 10 days, a photo showing the CM in an intensive care bed went viral across the state, only to be proven fake.