M Karunanidhi supremo of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam underwent a Tracheostomy at Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Friday. The 92-year-old leader was hospitalised late Thursday night for lung infection. A release from the hospital said that the leader was facing breathing difficulties due to throat and lung infection and has undergone Tracheostomy. The procedure was carried out to optimise his breathing. The hospital also said that he was stable and is currently on antibiotics.
Karunanidhi was readmitted to the Kauvery hospital in Chennai just eight days after he was discharged. The leader has been suffering from allergy and infection related illnesses since November. The DMK patriarch had restricted himself to his residence and refused to make public appearances after he was advised against it.
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Previously, he was admitted to the same hospital for rehydration and optimization. Sources from the DMK maintained that the leader had to be shifted to the hospital after he was unable to ingest food. The hospital has maintained that he is stable and being monitored by a team of doctors. Meanwhile, sources from the DMK suggest that party's Treasurer and Karunanidhi's political heir apparent, M K Stalin is likely to be appointed as the working president of DMK.
Former Chief Minister of Tamil nadu J Jayalalithaa had also undergone Tracheostomy at Apollo Hospital where she was being treated.