Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa’s lung infection has been cured and she may be discharged from hospital any day, her party AIADMK said on Friday.
“Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) health has improved excellently. She is (continuing) undergoing physiotherapy and she may be discharged any day,” AIADMK spokesperson C Ponnaiyyan said.
Her lung infection and respiratory problem was totally cured and she “is breathing on her own”, he told reporters in Chennai.
Other health parameters of Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital since September 22, including heart (functioning) are “excellent”, he said.
“She is having food by herself, she is sitting, she is able to talk freely... she is cheerful,” Ponnaiyyan said.
Apollo Hospitals chairperson Pratap C Reddy told the media the AIADMK leader’s “mental functions are absolutely normal” and that she can leave for home as and when she wants to.
The 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was also “living beautifully” without ventilator, but respiratory support was being given to her periodically to ensure that her lungs don’t collapse, Apollo Hospitals Chairman Pratap C Reddy said.
Asked by reporters when Jayalalithaa could resume her official responsibilities, Reddy said “responsibilities at that level is to guide and direct. I suppose that she can do well even now.”
“She lives beautifully without ventilator but that has been kept so that the lungs should not collapse. Only for that purpose it is used. She is sleeping normally, eating normal food and increased high-protein diet that her body needs,” he said.
“Her mental functions, I can assure you, are absolutely normal,” he added.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later, the hospital had said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support.
On November 13, the 68-year old leader said she has taken “rebirth” and that she was waiting to resume her duties after complete recovery.