'Jayalalithaa was in respiratory distress when she reached Apollo hospital'
On September 22, 2016 at around 10 pm, former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa was not responding to calls and was breathless with low oxygen saturations, Apollo hospital said in a note today. At around 10 P pm, the ambulance was called for following which the late leader was shifted to the hospital.
On arrival at the hospital, it was noticed that she was drowsy and not consistently responding to verbal commands. She was also in respiratory distress.
A release from state government said that it had obtained the treatment records from the Apollo Hospital and the medical reports from the visiting team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The release claimed that they have been studied in detail and their contents are mutually consistent and in consonance with the earlier information provided by the Tamil Nadu government to the Hon'ble high court of Madras.
"The Apollo Hospital received a call at around 10 pm on September 22, 2016, from the residence of the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu and when the ambulance reported there, they found that the late CM was breathless with low oxygen saturation resulting in drowsiness. She was immediately admitted to Apollo Hospital, Greams Road, Chennai. On evaluation, the late Hon'ble CM was diagnosed to be suffering from infection and dehydration, accompanied by respiratory distress. There were pre-existing co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, asthmatic bronchitis and hypothyroidism, but clearly, the treatment report of Apollo Hospital, as well as that of AIIMS do not mention any evidence of trauma or any other event as alleged by certain political leaders", the report said.
Responding to allegations of Jayalalithaa being administered the wrong medication, the release said that the medical reports indicate that except for corticosteroids administered for atopic dermatitis, the late CM was only taking oral hypoglycemic and antihypertensive drugs to control pre-existing diabetes mellitus and hypertension.
Quoting reports from AIIMS, the Tamil Nadu government stated that improvements in her health condition were recorded by a team of doctors who visited on October 13 to 15 and then again on December 3. "The AIIMS reports have consistently concurred with the line of treatment being provided by Apollo Hospitals and have specifically commended the "meticulous medical management imparted by the treating team" in the visit report for the period 5.10.2016 to 7.10.2016," the statement said.