Crowds Gather As Condition Of DMK Supremo Karunanidhi Declines At Chennai's Kauvery Hospital

| August 7 , 2018 , 18:45 IST

Massive crowds gathered overnight as Chennai's Kauvery Hospital on Monday evening revealed that the condition of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi has further declined. The 94-year-old 5 time Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi, fondly known as Kalaignar was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in blood pressure.

According to the statement released by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, the Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital in Chennai at 6:30 PM on Monday, the next 24 hours are crucial and will determine the prognosis based on how he responds.

"There has been decline in the medical condition of Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi, DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments," the statement said, adding that "he is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support."

Apart from the crowds of local fans, political leaders have also journeyed to Chennai to wish Karunanidhi a speedy recovery, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

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On July 26, Kauvery Hospital said Karunanidhi was being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids at his home in Chennai. However, after his blood pressure dipped, he was admitted to Kauvery Hospital.

Later, on July 31 the hospital indicated that Karunanidhi may have to have an extended stay at the hospital due to age-related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters.