75 days after being admitted to Apollo Hospital following complaints of dehydration and breathlessness, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa breathed her last at 11.30 pm on Monday, leaving thousands of her supporters and fans grief-stricken
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai for the past 75 days after coming down with a serious ailment, died at 11.30 pm on Monday.
Jaya was rushed to the hospital in Chennai late on September 22, where she was undergoing treatment for fever, dehydration and underlying co-morbidities, attended to by the top doctors in the country and abroad. Under their constant monitoring, she was on the road to progress before suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday night that pushed her beyond any chance of recovery.
“She was immediately administered resuscitation (CPR) and provided extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support within the hour. Every possible clinical attempt was made to sustain her revival. However, despite our best efforts, [her] underlying conditions rendered her unable to recover and she passed away at 11.30 pm today,” said a statement from the hospital around midnight on Monday.
Immediately after the news of the Chief Minister’s demise Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the “iron lady”. “I express my heartfelt condolences over the demise of a great leader friend and iron lady. You will be remembered. #jayalalithaa #Ripamma,” he tweeted.
Calling her one of the most iconic political figures of India Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “She always worked for the benefit of the poor and needy. She has left an indelible mark in Tamil Nadu politics with her enduring legacy.”