Sasikala recalls Jayalalithaa?s final hours in hospital

Sasikala recalls Jayalalithaa?s final hours in hospital
Sasikala recalls Jayalalithaa final hours in hospital

Chennai: On the evening of December 4, 2016, shortly before former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa suffered a massive cardiac arrest, she had watched an episode of the television serial Jai Veera Hanuman and asked for coffee and bun, according to her aide V.K. Sasikala.

Sources privy to the affidavit submitted by Sasikala before the Justice Arumughaswamy Commission, which is probing into Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation and death, told The Hindu that Sasikala has described in detail the developments before she suffered a cardiac arrest.

The affidavit says Jayalalithaa was propped up in bed on December 4, 2016 at 4.20 p.m., her legs stretched. She was wearing her spectacles and was watching Jai Veera Hanuman [There is no mention if it was a recorded episode]. A nurse had wheeled a trolley containing coffee and bun, which the then Chief Minister had requested, near her bed. She switched off the television using the remote when the episode ended. Sasikala has said that when she was pushing the trolley closer to the bed, a lady doctor and a nurse were in the room while Dr. Ramesh Venkataraman was outside.

“Suddenly, Akka’s [Jayalalithaa] body shook. Her tongue fell to the side. Her teeth clenched, Akka was trying to say something. I cried out, “Akka, Akka!” She looked at me, both hands raised towards me. I supported her, laid her on the bed,” claims the affidavit filed by Sasikala.

Doctors immediately rushed into the room. “A doctor asked me to be next to Akka’s ear and call out her name loudly. I called, ‘Akka, Akka!’ She looked at me, then closed her eyes,” she says. Sasikala adds that she was asked by doctors to leave the room thereafter.

Sasikala recalls Jayalalithaa final hours in hospital