Live UK doctor gives details of Jayalalithaa's treatment

TM Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa passed away at 68 late on 5 December 2016, Chennai, after failing to recover from a cardiac arrest she suffered.

This was for nominating All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) candidates for elections to two seats and bypoll to one segment a year ago.

About rumours surrounding one of the most viral photos of Jayalalithaa's body, Dr Seshayyan, who led the embalming process on the body, said four dots spotted on her cheeks could have been from the ventilator equipment.

On the day she was admitted "she became short of breath at home and very short of breath when the ambulance brought her to the hospital.there was an infection resulting in damage to organs and contributing to shortness of breath".

According to Dr Beale, a blood infection caused organ failure which led to the death of Jayalalithaa.

Dousing rumours over her death, Beale clarified that during the initial days of her hospitalisation, "she (Jaya) was certainly conscious and responding", but her condition worsened unexpectedly.

Jayalalithaa was also suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure which complicated her health issues.

Initially, Jayalalithaa was treated with non-invasive inhalation. "But her heart didn't respond even after 24 hours, and then we decided that it was futile to continue therapy", he said.

"Dr Beale said", Everything that could have been done was done by the doctors of Apollo hospital.

A senior AIADMK leader, who didn't wish to be named, said the press meet had nothing to do with Sasikala's elevation. "It is an intrusion into her privacy".

The doctors reiterated that Jayalalithaa's demise was no "foul play", and such fatal instances of cardiac arrest have been recorded earlier as well. "There was no conspiracy", Beale said, adding any questions of exhuming the body were "ridiculous".

Queried about Jayalalithaa's last moments, Abraham said the late Chief Minister had told a doctor that she was feeling breathless.

He added that sedation did not prevent her from interacting to some extent and sedation was given to her only to relieve pain but was gradually reduced.

On being asked why there were no images of Jayalalithaa released, Dr Baele said, "No images are taken of critically ill patients in ICU".

He said state government officials, as well as Sasikala, were briefed about Jayalalithaa's health daily.

The press meet was addressed by consultant intensivist Dr Richard Beale from UK, Madras Medical College Director and Vice-Principal, Institute of Anatomy Dr Sudha Seshayyan besides Dr Balaji, the government coordinator and Dr Babu Abraham with Apollo Hospital.