J Jayalalithaa was taken to hospital when she became short of breath and suffered from a serious infection, Chennai’s Apollo hospital said today, speaking for the first time on the reason for the former Chief Minister’s death in December.
“It was infection with damage to organs that led to her death,” said Dr Richard Beale.
Ms Jayalalithaa died of a massive cardiac arrest on December 5 after nearly three months in hospital.
Throughout her hospital stay, there was speculation about her true condition, with many raising questions about whether the gravity of her health was largely hidden from the public.
Dr Beale said the former Chief Minister was “conscious and responding” after her condition improved somewhat after the initial infection.
“She was very much completely aware and interactive,” said the British doctor.