Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was shifted to a special room from the intensive critical care unit at Apollo Hospitals+ in Chennai on Saturday.  The room, on the second floor (same as the critical care unit), is a personalised one which would have the facilities of an intensive care unit, including respiratory support, a senior doctor said.

“It’s a step down intensive care unit, a kind of bridge between the intensive care unit and special ward or home. Besides ventilation, it is equipped with medicines and equipment for emergency care,” the doctor said. She would continue to be on tracheostomy and so visitors would be restricted. The hospital has personalised a suite to suit Jayalalithaa’s medical requirements. Doctors and paramedics will continue to monitor her, the doctor added

AIADMK cadre started to celebrate after Jayalalithaa was shifted to the special room. They were seen singing and dancing and distributing sweets. Sixty-eight-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 with complaints of “fever and dehydration.” She was later put on respiratory support and treated with antibiotics for infection and lung congestion. She was given passive physiotherapy. A team of doctors from the UK+ and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, joined the team of doctors at Apollo Hospitals to treat her. She is on a regular, but high-protein, diet. On Friday, Apollo Hospitals chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy said she continued to be in the intensive critical care unit as doctors wanted to keep her infection-free in view of her very low resistance. She continued to be on respiratory support for a few minutes every day so that the lungs would not collapse, he said.