Updated: December 17, 2016 11:38 am
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has reached Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital to visit DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday as the leader recuperates from a surgery. The 92-year-old leader had been hospitalised on Thursday night due to lung and throat infection. He later underwent tracheostomy on Friday to optimise breathing.
According to Johns Hopkins medicine, tracheostomy procedure involves surgically creating an opening through the neck into the trachea (windpipe) to allow direct access to the breathing tube. A medical bulletin by the Kauvery Hospital stated that the DMK supremo was “stable”. Dr S Aravindan, Executive Director, Kauvery Hospital, said, “Karunanidhi is stable,” adding the former chief minister is being treated with antibiotics and being monitored by a team of doctors. Senior DMK leaders kept visiting the hospital to enquire about Karunanidhi’s health.
The five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu has been hospitalised for the second time in three weeks. He was first admitted to a hospital following an allergy developed to his usual medicines. He had been treated for over a week for the drug-induced allergy and had been discharged on December 7. As the doctors advised him rest, Karunanidhi had reduced his public appearances issuing statements on key matters — such as demonetisation — from his home. The party’s general body meeting, scheduled for December 20, has been postponed due to the leader’s health.
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