London-based sepsis expert Dr Richard Beale, who treated J Jayalalithaa in October expressed his shock over a sudden cardiac arrest suffered by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Sunday evening and said he had been keeping in close touch with Apollo Hospitals.
“Unfortunately, and in spite of the progress she had made, her underlying health conditions inevitably meant that the risk of further problems always remained,” dr Beale said from the London Bridge Hospital in a statement. “The situation is grave, but I can confirm that everything possible is being done to give her the best chance of surviving this shocking event.”
Dr Beale was in Chennai for several weeks in September and October treating her for her pulminary infection. Now that she suffered cardiac arrest, she is put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support.
Describing it as the most advanced level of support available, he said, “the approach (is) the best centres internationally would take in this situation. That this technology is available at Apollo in Chennai reflects the high degree of expertise of this Centre and, that at all times, madam has received exceptional care from the Apollo and AIIMS teams, which are the equal of any in the world.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with madam, her family, her carers, and the people of Tamil Nadu at this very difficult time,” he added.
Dr Richard John Beale is Clinical Director of Perioperative, Critical care & Pain Services and Consultant Intensivist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, St Thomas’ Hospital, London. His specilisation in the fields of sepsis, ARDS and clinical nutrition — have given to uncertainty of Jayalalithaa’s health condition in the hospital.
He returned to London after Jayalalithaa’s health had shown progress and the teamof doctors from the AIIMS started overseeing her throughout the period. No wonder, he said despite the progress she has made, the cardiac arrest has come as a great shock.