Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IndiaDec 04, 2016, 04.20 PM (IST)
Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa was said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest Sunday evening. Jayalalithaa was at the time admitted at Chennai's Apollo Hospital, where she has been undergoing treatment for more than two months. "The honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening," a statement issued by Apollo Hospital said.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo on September 22.
"She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists," Chief Operating Officer and head of transformation at Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement.
Around midnight, Apollo Hospital's joint managing director Sangita Reddy tweeted: "The Apollo TN CM #Jayalalita is critical.multi speciality team @hospitalsapollo trying everything including ecmo.praying for her recovery."
The Apollo TN CM #Jayalalita is critical.multi speciality team @hospitalsapollo trying everything including ecmo.praying for her recovery
Jayalalithaa, who is the chief minister of India's southern state of Tamil Nadu, was hospitalised on September 22 after complaining of dehydration and fever.
Meanwhile, violence reportedly broke out at the entrance to the hospital.
A heavy security apparatus, including companies of the Armed Reserve and Tamil Nadu Special Police, has been mobilised as a precautionary measure, Indian newspaper The Hindu reported..
Companies of the Central Reserve Police Force in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states have been put on alert, sources told the daily.
India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh phoned Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao to enquire about her health. Rao is the governor of Maharashtra state and has the additional responsibility of Tamil Nadu. He is expected to reach Chennai from Mumbai at 11 pm.
The latest setback comes after her doctors had said she would return home soon.
Her party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) spokesperson C Ponnaiyan had told reporters that Jayalalithaa was undergoing physiotherapy and having food by herself.
Supporters outside Apollo hospital in Chennai break down as they hear about TN CM Jayalalithaa's cardiac arrest this evening. pic.twitter.com/6Cb59Y06h6