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Tamil Nadu Keeping Fingers Crossed As DMK Patriarch M Karunanidhi’s Health Declines

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Tamil Nadu is on the edge after news reports came in that ailing DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s condition has further declined after a brief spell when he was said to be responding to treatment.

It had declined dramatically so much making it difficult for doctors to keep his “vital organs functioning”, the Kauvery Hospital said , triggering yet another scare over Kalaignar’s health across Tamil Nadu.

The hospital has said that the next 24 hours could be crucial for the veteran politician. The latest health update immediately led to hundreds of DMK supporters gathering at the hospital premises, who then continued to wait till late in the night.

The 94-year-old five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister is being continuously monitored and treated with active medical support, a press release issued by the hospital said.

“There has been a decline in the medical condition of DMK president and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments,” it said.

“His response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis,” Executive Director of the Hospital Dr Aravindan Selvaraj said in the medical bulletin.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari called on Karunanidhi amid news of his declining health. The BJP leader met MK Stalin and Kanimozhi at the Kauvery Hospital and enquired about Karunanidhi’s health.

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