Now that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has been shifted out of the multi-disciplinary Critical Care Unit to a private room at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, expectations are rife that she would be discharged this week.
The room, on the second floor (same as the critical care unit), is a personalised one which would have the facilities of an intensive care unit, including respiratory support, a senior doctor was quoted as saying.
“It’s a step down intensive care unit, a kind of bridge between the intensive care unit and special ward or home. Besides ventilation, it is equipped with medicines and equipment for emergency care,” the doctor said
On Friday, the chairman of Apollo Hospitals Dr Prathap C Reddy had said Jayalalithaa, 68, is now put on ventilator support for only 15 minutes a day “so that her lungs would expand,” and reiterated that she can be discharged any time she chooses.
Jayalalithaa was admitted at the Chennai Apollo Hospital on September 22 and was treated for an acute lung infection.
On her fitness to resume her responsibilities as Chief Minister, Dr Reddy had said “some more systems of her body have to be pepped up,” but M Jayalalithaa, 68, can now guide and give directions. He said her “mental functions are absolutely normal.”