An RTI query on a report sent by Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao to Home Minister Rajnath Singh has thrown light on the sequence of events that followed former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s cardiac arrest on December 4, 2016.
A report sent by the Governor to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 7 December has been made public by the Ministry of Home Affairs through an RTI reply.
The Governor says in the letter, “J Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on 22 September for treatment for fever and dehydration.
Initially she improved and after a week her health condition suddenly deteriorated. Owing to the efforts of doctors for about 50 days, her health condition improved and she was moved out for the multi-disciplinary critical care unit to a private room on 19/11/ 2016 for further treatment.
On 4 December, in the evening, while I was at Mumbai I received information that she suffered a cardiac arrest and her health condition had become serious.
I immediately rushed to Chennai. I was informed that the CM was immediately given high-end resuscitation and that she was kept on ECMO, a very high grade heart and lung function system. She continued to be in a critical stage and was declared dead on 5 December 2016.”