Oppn hopes "strong-willed" Amma recovers soon

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec.5 (ANI): With the Apollo Hospitals declaring the health condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa as "grave", the opposition leaders in the state expressed hope that the "strong-willed" AIADMK supremo would recover and take charge. Calling Jayalalithaa as his sister, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Vaiko said the Chief Minister despite suffering from Septicemia was able to ward off the disease, adding cardiac arrest will not have major implications on her health. "Jayalalithaa detained me under anti-terror law, but apart from the politics she is like a sister to me. I hope she will come out of crisis. She had Septicemia, but was able to come out of it... You can call it a miracle. I am sure that she will recover from this setback. Lakhs of AIADMK cadres, people of Tamil Nadu have been praying for her recovery," he said after inquiring about her health condition. Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) state president Tamilisai Soundararajan, who is also a physician, also expressed hope that the Chief Minister recovers soon. "She is critical, but there are incidents when such critical patients have improved drastically. We have to think positively and what all advance treatment one can think of has been given to her. Let us hope she responds," Soundarajan told ANI. The Apollo Hospitals in the latest health update has said Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest last evening, continues to be very critical. Subbiah Viswanathan, the Chief Operating Officer of the hospital, in a press release said the Chief Minister is closely monitored by a team of doctors, who are trying their very best. She was administered Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) after her condition became a cause for concern. London based intensivist Richard Beale has also said the Chief Minister's health continues to be grave. "The situation is extremely grave, but I can confirm that everything possible is being done to give her the best chance of surviving this shocking event. She is being cared for by a highly expert multidisciplinary team, and is now on extra-corporal life support. This is the most advanced level of support available, and is the approach the best centres internationally would take in this situation," he said in a statement. In view of the situation, Director General of Police T.K.Rajendran held a meeting with the counterparts of neighbouring states to take stock of the law and order situation. (ANI)