Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chennai for more than three weeks, was recovering well and had started talking to people, said a senior leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.
According to a report in the online edition of the Hindustan Times, AIADMK leader Ponnaiyan said that Jayalalithaa had talked to Dr Richard Beale and thanked him for his treatment. Beale, a Consultant Intensivist at the London Bridge Hospital, had reached Chennai earlier this month to assess the treatment of the chief minister.
The report quoted Ponnaiyan as saying that the chief minister needed to stay 10 more days in the hospital. He said Jayalalithaa had lung infection and breathing trouble. “That was why she was being given respiratory support, which is a normal medical procedure,” he added.
However, the Apollo hospital where Jayalalithaa was admitted to, has not issued any medical bulletin on her health condition for the last 10 days.
Even as speculations fly thick and fast on social media about her health, the AIADMK is optimistic about her speedy recovery. Last week, party spokesperson C.R. Saraswathy had said that the chief minister was conscious and was reading newspapers. However, due to infection, very limited number of people were allowed to meet her, she had said.
The 68-year-old chief minister was hospitalised on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. The doctors later said she needed a longer stay at the hospital as she was suffering from infection and put her on respiratory support.
In the last bulletin issued on Monday, the hospital had said she continued to be under treatment and was being constantly monitored by intensivists and other consultants in the expert panel, while respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being given to her.