Karunanidhi’s health declines, emotional scenes outside hospital

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 03:07 GMT, Aug 7, 2018 |

DMK president M. Karunanidhi’s health suffered a setback yesterday (Monday) and doctors treating him at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai set a 24-hour timeframe to determine the prognosis.

A large number of DMK cadres and supporters gathered outside the hospital soon after it issued a medical bulletin at 6.30 p.m. announcing that there was a decline in his medical condition.

“Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age-related ailments. He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to the medical intervention over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis,” Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, executive director of Kauvery Hospital said in the bulletin.

Earlier, his wife Dayalu Ammal, suffering from memory loss and confined to her Gopalapuram house, visited the hospital for the first time since Mr. Karunanidhi was admitted.

Mr. Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital following a drop in his blood pressure in the early hours of July 28. Since then the five-time Chief Minister’s medical status has gone through ups and downs. After a setback on July 29, he continues to be hospitalized for an extended period due to age-related ailments, and is under “active medical support”.

A spate of visitors have seen the 94-year-old leader during the past few days, including the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda. Actor-turned-politicians Kamal Haasan and Rajnikanth and actors Vijay and Ajith, also visited the hospital

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