Jaya 'interacting', on & off support: Apollo
Doctors said the CM had been intermittently off respiratory support. The treating team had done a tracheotomy , an incision in the windpipe to assist breathing, more than two weeks ago. “We have been putting her off the support for, say , an hour to see how she copes.She is improving well. She has been conscious and is doing breathing exercises,” said a doctor. Singapore physiotherapists are attending on her daily. Jayalalithaa has been hospitalised since Septem ber 22 for what the hospital initially called `fever and dehydration’.
Experts from London and All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi were flown down to treat her lung congestion caused by infection.
In Friday’s medical bulletin, which comes after a gap of 10 days, Apollo Hospitals’ medical services director Dr N Sathyabhama said that the chief minister “continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy .”
A team of experts from the critical care group, cardiologists, respiratory physicians, infectious diseases experts, and endocrinologist and diabetologists were providing treatment and care to the chief minister, the release said.
The chief minister’s nutrition and essential nutrient intake were being attended to by senior consultants from the dietary team, it added.
Earlier, senior AIADMK leader Panruti S Ramachandran, who visited the hospital, told reporters that the chief minister was getting better. “Her recovery has given us hope that she will come back and work for us. Only the doctors will decide how many days she has to be in the hospital,” he said.
Senior party members continue to visit the hospital regularly and make inquiries with the doctors concerned.
Party workers continue to wait outside the hospital for news on the chief minister’s health condition.
Ministers and party leaders and cadres have been conducting prayers outside the hospital and at temples across the state.