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Thursday, October 6, 2016
That viral photo of ‘Jayalalithaa’ on a hospital bed is fake
During a recent excursion on Twitter or Whatsapp, you may have come across the photo below. It appears to show Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in an intensive care unit, wearing an oxygen mask. News flash: It’s completely fake.
The News Minute reported on Sunday that the photo actually belonged to the Rochester Institute of Technology. It was taken all the way back in August 2009 in Peru, the university’s website says.
Amma – or “mother,” which is what Jayalalithaa’s supporters call her – has been receiving treatment at Apollo Hospital on Chennai’s Greams Road since September 22. She was admitted there after she complained of “fever and dehydration.”
On Monday, Jayalalithaa’s friend Malini Parthsarathy tweeted that a “close associate” of the Chief Minister’s had brought back news from Apollo that she was “certainly recovering and out of danger.” Later in the day, Apollo Hospitals released a statement saying that Jayalalithaa was on respiratory support, and “responding adequately to the comprehensive treatment being given to her.”
The chief minister has been advised further stay in the hospital for treatment,” the statement said.
These updates came just two days after Tamil Nadu acting governor Vidyasagar Rao paid her a visit, and said that she was “recovering well.”