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Confusion as Sun TV says Jayalalithaa dead, Apollo hospital denies

Trouble erupted outside the Apollo Hospitals after Sun TV reported that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was dead.

Written by Agencies |Published : December 5, 2016 6:03 PM IST

Trouble erupted outside the Apollo Hospitals here on Monday after Sun TV reported that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was dead. The hospital denied the Sun TV report. As the Sun TV report spread outside the hospital where thousands were gathered, some AIADMK supporters tried to break into the complex and were pushed back by police. Many others simply broke down, unable to check their emotions. There were loud cries of 'Amma, Amma!' The Apollo Hospitals hurriedly denied the Sun TV report. 'A large number of doctors from Apollo and AIIMS continue to provide all life saving measures,' a tweet from Sangita Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, said. Doctors at the Apollo hospital said Jayalalithaa, 68, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, was in very critical condition."The situation is extremely grave but I can confirm that everything possible is being done to give her the best chance of surviving (the cardiac arrest)," Richard Beale said in a statement.The 68-year-old AIADMK leader, admitted to Apollo Hospitals on September 22, suffered cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.She was put on ECMO and other life support systems. ECMO or extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation is a life support system used for patients with life threatening heart or lung problems.

"This is the most advanced level of support available, and is an approach the best centres internationally would take in this situation," Beale said.Expressing sadness on hearing about cardiac arrest suffered by Jayalalithaa, Beale said: "My thoughts and prayers are with Madam, her family, her carers, and the people of Tamil Nadu at this very difficult time."Beale, from the London Bridge Hospital, has been regularly consulted by doctors at the Apollo Hospitals here ever since Jayalalithaa was admitted in September(Read: Sudden cardiac arrest warning signs and ways to prevent it)

Source: IANS

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