Three specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences will assist a medical team at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital where Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment, sources said on Thursday.
Hospital sources confirmed on Thursday morning that AIIMS doctors --pulmonologist Dr GC Khilnani, cardiologist Dr Nitish Naik and anaesthetist Dr Anjan Trikha – will be assisting the medical team attending Jayalalithaa.
“We can say something after rounds by doctors are over and there is some update,” a hospital source said. The doctors’ team from Delhi had left for Chennai, the hospital source confirmed. One of the doctors reached Chennai late last night.
The announcement came on a day the Tamil Nadu government is likely to inform the Madras high court about the chief minister’s health condition following feverish speculation on the subject across the state.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 for fever and dehydration and is recovering and responding to treatment, the hospital’s latest health bulletin issued on Tuesday night said.
She is under close observation by the team of doctors and has been advised rest for few more days, the bulletin said. Dr Richard Beale, a specialist in intensive care medicine from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, had advised the team of doctors attending on her on treatment plan and clinical measures.
But her hospitalization has triggered a heated political war-of-words between her party, the AIADMK, and bitter rivals, the DMK, which demanded photographic evidence of her recovery, only to be rebuffed.