Jayalalithaa death: Apollo Hospital pinpoint errors in recording medical terms, demands probe panel

Chennai (Tamil Nadu): The Apollo Hospitalon Friday demanded constitution of a medical board comprising doctors andmedical professionals to examine the medical records of late former Tamil NaduChief Minister Jayalalithaa.

In anaffidavit filed to the A Arumugasamy Commission, the hospital raised the demandciting that errors crept in due to inability of typist to comprehend and typecorrect medical terms. Apollo Hospital further said that words like‘intubation’ were recorded as ‘incubation’ and such fatal errors to thecommission’s understanding of facts about her treatment repeatedly appeared. Earlierin the day, the commission, that is probing Jayalalithaa’s death, summonedLondon-based intensivist Dr Richard Beale and is expected to appear before thepanel through video-conferencing on January 9.

State healthminister C Vijayabaskar and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam have alsobeen summoned to appear before the commission on January 7 and 8 respectively,for the purpose of enquiry into the death of the former chief minister. LokSabha speaker M Thambidurai has also been asked to appear before the probepanel on January 11. The commission was given additional four months by theEdappadi K Palaniswami-led Tamil Nadu government in October this year, afterextending its tenure twice earlier – in June and December last year.

In Septemberlast year, Justice Arumughaswamy was appointed to head the probe into the deathof Jayalalithaa. Popularly known as ‘Amma’, Jayalalithaa was taken to Chennai’sApollo hospital on September 22 last year and treated in the hospital for 75days before she breathed her last on December 5. Following her death,allegations of foul play began to do the rounds and state Forest MinisterDindigul Sreenivasan even claimed that all cabinet ministers had misled thepeople about hospitalisation and death of the AIADMK supremo.

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