Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy airlifted to hospital in Bengaluru

The Congress veteran had been admitted to a private hospital in Neyyattinkara for treatment after he was infected with pneumonia.

BySouth First Desk

Published Feb 12, 2023 | 8:40 PMUpdatedFeb 12, 2023 | 8:43 PM

Oommen Chandy airlifted

Senior Congress leader and former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy was on Sunday, 12 February airlifted to a private hospital in Bengaluru, party sources said.

Chandy had been admitted to a private hospital in nearby Neyyattinkara for treatment after he was infected with pneumonia.

The Congress veteran, who was taken out of the hospital in a wheelchair, thanked the doctors and staff of the hospital and said there was no basis for the concerns regarding the treatment given to him.

“There is no basis for the controversy related to my treatment,” Chandy said in a feeble voice to the media.

His wife, two daughters and son, Chandy Oommen, accompanied the senior leader to Bengaluru.

On Saturday, AICC general secretary in-charge of organisation KC Venugopal had said the Congress has decided to shift Chandy to a hospital in Bengaluru.

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Family was under pressure

Sources from Oommen Chandy’s family told South First that they were under tremendous pressure ever since his younger brother Alex got together with 42 relatives and wrote a letter to the chief minister seeking his intervention to treat the Congress leader, who, according to them, was being subjected to faith healing.

The family categorically denied the charge that Chandy was being denied access to modern medicine. They clarified that they were spiritual believers and churchgoers who engaged in prayers and administered medicines prescribed by doctors.

The sources also pointed out that the family had taken him to Germany for surgery, as party leader Rahul Gandhi suggested.

As the social media was abuzz with reports of his health condition, Chandy posted a video on his son’s Facebook page, claiming that he was given proper care by his family and the party.

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Hospitalised because of pneumonia 

Chandy was shifted to the hospital in Neyyattinkara on 6 February, after exhibiting symptoms of pneumonia at that time, but doctors later reported improvement.

On 7 February morning, Health Minister Veena George visited Chandy at the hospital as instructed by Vijayan, and interacted with the immediate family on the treatment being administered.

Within hours after the meeting, the government constituted a medical panel comprising expert doctors in the Health Department.

According to several Congress leaders in Kerala, the latest controversy is the creation of some vested interests involving some disgruntled elements in the extended Chandy family and some pro-LDF elements.
Chandy, who represents the Puthuppally constituency in the state Assembly since 1970, was
the chief minister of Kerala twice.

(With PTI inputs)