November 19, 2016
Chennai: Celebrations broke out in front of the main gate of Apollo Hospital in Chennai on Saturday evening just as AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi announced that Amma was shifted to a private room, out of the ICU.
Amma is fully recovered and would come back home soon, she said, to a battery of waiting media personnel even as the hundreds of cadres present began celebrating “deepavali” after hearing the good news for which they were waiting for ever since chief minister J Jayalalithaa was hospitalized on September 22.
AIADMK leaders began distributing sweets. CR Saraswathi said “today is our Deepavali. Our happiness knows no bounds. She will come home very soon.”
Hundreds of AIADMK cadres broke into slogans “amma vazhaga, amma vazhga” (long live amma, long live amma’ and several danced with gay abandon.
A brigade of Amma supporters maintained strict vigil outside the hospital and held several prayer meetings outside the gate. Many had camped there itself.
“For 59 days she has fought and has come out triumphant,” said another AIADMK leader.
Indications were already there that Jayalalithaa was getting better.
In fact, yesterday, Apollo Hospital chairman Pratap C Reddy had declared her fit to be discharged but said that a decision when to go home would be taken by “honorable chief minister.”
“She can return to work anytime and it was up to her,” Reddy had said adding she has recovered well.
She was out of all support systems but was on respiratory support for few minutes to enable her lungs to expand, Reddy said.
“She has received the best possible medical treatment,” Reddy said. AIADMK leaders expressed gratitude to the hospital for taking such a good care of “honorable Amma.” They also thanked the media for all the support they gave and gave the news to the supporters of Amma all across the state and outside the state.