Sasikala shifted to hospital after complaining of fever and breathlessness

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(Eds: Adds Doctor's quote) Bengaluru, Jan 20 (PTI) Just days before her release from a prison here, V K Sasikala, close aide of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, was on Wednesday admitted to the Government Bowring Hospital after she complained of fever and breathlessness, jail sources said.

Earlier she underwent treatment at the jail hospital but later taken to the Bowring Hospital for a second opinion, sources added.

The expelled AIADMK leader arrived in an ambulance and was taken inside the Bowring and Lady Curzon Medical College and Research Institute,also known as Bowring Hospital, in a wheelchair, hospital sources said.

Later, the director-cum-dean of the institute Dr Manoj Kumar H V said in a statement that the 63-year-old Sasikala, with comorbidities of hypertension, diabetes and hypothyroidism, has been admitted with cough and fever.

He said she was stable with supportive measures and antibiotics and oxygen.

'She will be further evaluated and monitored.Investigation reports are awaited,' Dr Kumar added.

Earlier, a jail official told PTI she was getting treated for fever and breathlessness in the jail hospital.

'Now she will be taken to the Bowring hospital,' the official said.

It is not confirmed yet whether she is suffering from COVID-19.

Sasikala, lodged at the Parappana Agrahara Prison here, was sentenced to four years imprisonment in February 2017 in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.

Her illness comes at a time when she is just a week away to walk free from the prison on January 27.PTI GMS BN WELCOME BN WELCOME