Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, continues to be very critical and is on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and life support systems, said Apollo Hospitals in a statement on Monday.

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“The chief minister is being treated and closely monitored by a team of experts,” said the statement issued by Apollo Hospitals chief operating officer Subbiah Viswanathan. A team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences would land in Chennai later this afternoon, doctors said.

Apollo Hospitals said they had been updating the Prime Minister’s Office, Raj Bhawan and Union health ministry about the health condition of the chief minister.

Sixty-eight-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to hospital on September 22 with complaints of “fever and dehydration.” She was later put ventilator and treated with antibiotics for infection and lung congestion. Later, doctors did a tracheostomy – made a hole in the wind pipe near the neck – so they didn’t have to put the tube through her mouth.

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A team of doctors including UK-based intensivist Dr Richard Beale and a team of doctor from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, comprising pulmonologist Dr G Khilnani, anaesthesiologist Dr Anjan Trikha and cardiologist Dr Nitish Nayak joined the team of doctors at Apollo Hospitals to treat her. Soon, she was on a regular, but high-protein, diet and given passive and active physiotherapy.

On November 19, doctors moved her to a personalised room which would had facilities of an intensive care unit, including respiratory support. The room was a step down intensive care unit, a kind of bridge between the intensive care unit and special ward or home. Besides ventilation, it was equipped with medicines and equipment for emergency care.
Last week, Apollo Hospitals chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy said Jayalalithaa was using a speaking aid as it was difficult for her to speak with the tracheostomy.

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