Karunanidhi’s vital signs normalising after transient setback, says hospital

DMK leader A. Raja addresses the DMK cadres near the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on July 29, 2018.

DMK leader A. Raja addresses the DMK cadres near the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on July 29, 2018.

DMK president and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi suffered a setback to his health past midnight on July 28 at his residence in Gopalapuram, Chennai. He was rushed to the nearby Kauvery Hospital. In a bulletin, the hospital said there was a drop in his blood pressure and it was stabilised. He is in the ICU and treated by a panel of doctors.

The nonagenarian leader was suffering from fever and infection for the past few days and was being treated round-the-clock by a team of doctors and nursing personnel at his house.

 Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu visit ailing DMK chief M. Karunanidhi at the hospital

Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu visit ailing DMK chief M. Karunanidhi at the hospital

 

On July 29, the DMK released a picture of Mr. Karunanidhi in hospital bed when Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu visited him at the hospital.

Here are the updates:

Monday, July 30, 2018

1.00 am

The crowd stayed put outside the hospital even past midnight refusing to disperse despite assurances from leaders that Mr Karunanidhi was recovering with medical support.

A scene near DMK president M. Karunanidhi's residence at Gopalapuram, Chennai.

A scene near DMK president M. Karunanidhi's residence at Gopalapuram, Chennai.

 

00.25 am

DMK leaders A. Raja, E.V. Velu arrive at the Kauvery Hospital where DMK president M. Karunanidhi is admitted. Congress leader Salman Khurshid visits Kauvery Hospital. Mr. Karunanidhi's son Alagiri says his father is doing well.

Meanwhile, Anna University announces that no holiday has been declared for its constituent colleges.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami who was on a official visit to Salem, returned to Chennai late on Sunday night.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

11.40 pm

 

In a statement to DMK cadres, working president M.K. Stalin stated that the DMK president had a transient setback in his health for some time and with the medical support, his health condition returned to normal.

Mr. Stalin further requested the party cadres to fully cooperate with the police without causing disturbances to the public. He also requested them to maintain peace and avoid any untoward incident.

 

11.25 pm

DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi leaves the hospital. DMK president M. Karunanidhi's son M.K. Alagiri leaves the hospital.

10.55 pm

DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan and some family members including M.K. Stalin and Rajathi Ammal leave the hospital.

Police try to control the crowd near the Kauvery Hosptial in Chennai on July 29, 2018.

Police try to control the crowd near the Kauvery Hosptial in Chennai on July 29, 2018.

 

10.50 pm

Police appeal DMK cadres to disperse. Barricades were damaged at some places.  Despite repeated requests from police and DMK leader A. Raja to the crowd to disperse, they refused to budge.

10.40 pm

 

A row of vehicles are seen wading through the crowd of supporters near the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on July 29, 2018, where DMK president M. Karunanidhi is undergoing treatment.

A row of vehicles are seen wading through the crowd of supporters near the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on July 29, 2018, where DMK president M. Karunanidhi is undergoing treatment.

 

While reiterating Mr. Karunanidhi's health condition is normal, DMK leader A. Raja requests the crowd to disperse from the hospital premises.  Commotion outside the hospital as police tries to control the crowd.

10.15 pm

DMK leader A. Raja, says there was only temporary setback on Karunanidhi's health. It has been set right due to doctors intervention. he said.  "Don't believe in rumours", Mr. Raja said.

Shops near the Kauvery Hospital has been closed.

9.55 pm

 

A medical bulletin from Kauvery Hospital says,  "There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of Mr. Karunanidhi. With active medical support, his vital signs are normalising. He continues to be closely monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors. "

 

 

9.20 pm

 

Security further beefed up outside Kauvery Hospital and also outside Mr. Karunanidhi's residence in Gopalapuram.

9.10 pm

 

All the former DMK Ministers and other leaders arrive at the hospital. A medical bulletin will be announced soon. DMK cadres are in large numbers outside the hospital.

8.25 pm

 

Security beefed up outside the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai where DMK president M. Karunanidhi is admitted.  Mr. Stalin, Mr. Alagiri and Ms. Kanimozhi are inside the hospital. Mr. Karunanidhi's wife Rajathi Ammal arrives at the hospital.

7.15 pm

Assembly Speaker Dhanapal arrives at the hospital to visit M. Karunanidhi.

TMC leader G.K. Vasan arrives at the hospital. Mr. Vasan said, "He is a leader who has inspired Tamils across the world. I met the family and enquired about his health. He is being given the best of the treatment. I pray for his speedy recovery."

 

6.00 pm

Baijayant Jay Panda, former Orissa BJD MP, arrives at the Kauvery Hospital to visit DMK president M. Karunanidhi. He said "I convey my best wishes for the speedy recovery  of Mr. Karunanidhi. He is one of the seniormost and most respected leaders in the country. He has tremendous impact on social transformation and economic development."

5.50 pm

Well-wishers pray outside the Kauvery Hospital for the speedy recovery of Mr. Karunanidhi, a proponent of rationalism and atheism. 

 

Well-wishers pray outside the Kauvery Hospital for the speedy recovery of Mr. Karunanidhi, a proponent of rationalism and atheism.

Well-wishers pray outside the Kauvery Hospital for the speedy recovery of Mr. Karunanidhi, a proponent of rationalism and atheism.

 

5.45 pm

Mr. Ramadoss said "He should recover soon; that is my wish. Not just my wish, the whole state wishes for his recovery." DMK working president M.K. Stalin arrives at the Kauvery Hospital. A medical bulletin is expected to be later on the day.

5.30 pm

DMK leader and M. Karunanidhi's son M.K. Stalin comes to Kauvery hospital. A few minutes earlier PMK leader S. Ramadoss also entered the hospital.

M.K. Stalin

M.K. Stalin

 

 

4.45 pm

DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP arrives at the hospital and met the cadres waiting outside.

12.30 pm

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had a short visit to the hospital. Read more

Besides Mr. Naidu, TMC leader Derek O’Brien also visited the hospital.

“I came here on behalf of the TMC and Mamata Banerjee. I met M.K. Stalin and Kanimozhi and inquired about Karunanidhi’s health,” he said.

 

11.00 am

Senior BJP leaders P. Muralidhar Rao, C.P. Radhakrishnan, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP L. Ganesan also visit the hospital.

DMK MLAs S. Austin, U. Mathivanan and K.S. Masthan confront police personnel, after being denied permission to enter Kauvery Hospital.

10.00 am

After Mr. Karunanidhi’s doctor Gopal arrives at Kauvery Hospital at 8.50 a.m., his daughter Kanimozhi, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien, his son and party’s working president M.K. Stalin, VIT Chancellor G. Viswanathan, and Madurai Aadheenam visited the leader.

DMK president Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, his son and party’s working president M.K. Stalin, VIT Chancellor G. Viswanathan and Madurai Aadheenam visited Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Sunday.

DMK president Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, his son and party’s working president M.K. Stalin, VIT Chancellor G. Viswanathan and Madurai Aadheenam visited Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Sunday.

 

7.00 am

Anticipating a visit by the Vice President, the police cover outside the Kauvery hospital has increased.

6.00 am

People slowly start coming near Kauvery hospital where the barricades were placed.

5.15 am

Though there is thin crowd, few people sleep on the platforms near the hospital, hoping to get an update on the DMK president's health.

1.15 am

Deputy Commissioners of Police, Adyar and Mylapore, assess the situation before ordering for additional barricades in front of the hospital.

1.00 am

Policemen unload additional barricades from a vehicle near Kauvery Hospital at Alwarpet. Sources said police wanted to ensure proper crowd management since they expect more crowd on Sunday.

 

Saturday, July 28, 2018:

10.00 pm

DMK leaders vehicles leave Kaveri hospital.

9.30 pm

Emotional cadres of the DMK sign a banner (picture below) with wordings:"En uyirinum melana thalaivaa, ezhundhu vaa". ( My leader, precious than my life, get well soon ).  They raised slogans hailing Karunandhi for leading the party for 50 years.

DMK supporters signing a giant banner wishing DMK president
M. Karunanidhi a speedy recovery, in Chennai on Saturday

DMK supporters signing a giant banner wishing DMK presidentM. Karunanidhi a speedy recovery, in Chennai on Saturday

 

 

8.05 pm

 

A Kauvery Hospital  bulletin says the DMK president’s health condition continues to remain stable with ongoing medical support. The release further states that he is continuously being monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors in the ICU.

7.15 pm

Former Union Minister and DMK president M. Karunanidhi's son M.K. Alagiri arrives at the Kauvery Hospital.

DMK working president M.K. Stalin's son Udayanidhi Stalin also arrives at the hospital.

 

5.45 pm

Mr. Stalin arrives at the hospital.

DMK leader A. Raja leaves the hospital.

3.15 pm

Film actors Prabhu and Nasser visit the hospital.

Mr. Stalin leaves the hospital.

2.00 p.m.

Mr. Alagiri and DMK leaders K.N. Nehru and Raja leave the hospital. Mr. Nehru says Mr. Karunanidhi is responding well to treatment.

Mr. Karunanidhi's wife Rajathi Ammal also leaves the hospital.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman visits the hospital.

11.45 a.m.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad arrives at the hospital.

 

Auditor S. Gurumurthy, who arrived earlier to the hospital, tells journalists, "Karunanidhi has got laurels for Tamil Nadu not only in politics but across several fields. The State should have some more time under his leadership."

10.45 a.m.

Mr. Karunanidhi's daughter, Kanimozhi, MP, says her father is better now and the hospital will release a health bulletin shortly.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, in a statement issued from Salem, says the government is willing to provide all medical help to Mr. Karunanidhi, if it is sought. "He was a five-time Chief Minister and had ruled the State for long," he notes.

He points out that Deputy Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam and senior Ministers had visited the former Chief Minister at his residence and enquired about his health. “We were told he is fine,” he adds.

 

10.00 a.m.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit visits the hospital.

 

Mr. Stalin arrives at the hospital. Senior DMK leader T.R. Baalu follows suit.

9.00 a.m.

Ms. Kanimozhi arrives at the hospital. Mr. Karunanidhi's other daughter Selvi is already there. Other family members are expected to arrive soon. A. Raja also arrives.

8.30 a.m.

DMK supporters gather outside the hospital.

3.50 a.m.

As the hospital has informed that Mr. Karunanidhi is responding to treatment, the crowd starts dispersing. Apparently with the same sense of relief, his family members, including Mr. Stalin and former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran, too start leaving the hospital.  

 

3.25 a.m.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief S. Thirunavukkarasar visits the hospital. He says Mr. Karunanidhi is reacting well to treatment. Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik will be visiting Mr. Karunanidhi later in the day, he adds.

3 a.m.

Viduthalai Chiruthalaigal Katchi leader Thol. Thirumavalavan visits the hospital. He says Mr. Karunanidhi's blood pressure is back to normal and that indicates that the DMK supremo will recover soon.

2.35 a.m.

Kauvery Hospital issues bulletin

A bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on July 28, 2018 on the health of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi.

A bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on July 28, 2018 on the health of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi.

“DMK president and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi has been admitted on July 28, 2018 in the intensive care unit of the Kauvery Hospital at 1.30 a.m. following a drop in blood pressure. His blood pressure has been stabilised with medical management and he continues to be monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors,” the Kauvery Hospital says in a bulletin issued on Mr. Karunanidhi’s health.

2.10 am

‘Karunanidhi's BP has been stabilised’

A. Raja says Mr. Karunanidhi's blood pressure has been stabilised after treatment. ''There was a dip in his blood pressure and he is now stable. There's no need to react emotionally. Within 20 minutes of treatment in the hospital, his blood pressure became normal and He’s out of danger.”

2:00 am

Only on Friday,, the DMK patriarch crossed a milestone when he became the first leader to enter the 50th year as president of a party. He was elected party president on July 27, 1969. Five months earlier, on February 10, 1969, he was elected the legislature party leader of the DMK and became the Chief Minister of the State following the death of party founder C.N. Annadurai.

 

1.50 am

Mr. Stalin, Mr. Alagiri, Ms. Kanimozhi and her mother Rajathi Ammal arrive at the hospital. Reports say a health bulletin is expected from the hospital anytime. 

 

Apart from his family members, party functionaries keep arriving at the hospital.

1.40 am

Crowd build ups outside the hospital. Security beefed up in and around the area. Slogans like "Long live Kalaignar Karunanidhi" rent the air. 

1.25 am

The ambulance carrying Mr. Karunanidhi arrives at the Kauvery Hospital.

 

1.15 am

Around midnight, Mr. Stalin, Ms. Kanimozhi and Mr. Alagiri rush to Mr. Karunanidhi's house upon learning that his health had deteriorated. Several senior DMK functionaries and Mr Karunanidhi’s long time personal physician Dr Gopal also arrive at Gopalapuram and make arrangements for an ambulance to take him to the Kauvery Hospital around 12.50 a.m.

Hundreds of party cadres and well-wishers start converging at Gopalapuram and many were seen in tears and raising slogans such as “Dr Kalaignar vaazhga” (Long live Karunanidhi).


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