A photograph of a woman wearing an oxygen mask, who resembles Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, taken at the intensive care unit of a hospital has been doing the rounds on social media. The picture surfaced online ever since K Karunanidhi, the head of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), demanded a picture of Jaya in order to put an end to the rumours surrounding her health.
Many have received the viral photo on mobile messaging app WhatsApp or other social networking sites and some even believed that the image was of Jayalalithaa. However, here are some facts that clarify that the image was a fake one.
1. The actual image can be found on the website of Engineering Design Guide and Environment [edge.rit.edu]
2. The image with the caption, "An Intensive Care Unit bed in an EsSalud Hospital," is dated 08/20/2009.
3. If you look closely at the photo, the name of the hospital -- EsSalud in Peru -- can be seen on its right hand side.
4. The gallery section of the website, which has many other photos showing the facilities at the hospitals in Peru, reads: "All of these pictures from Peru were taken by University of Rochester Biomedical Engineering students on a trip they took funded by a grant. They are used with permission by Scott Seidman."
5. According to the view source of the website, the page was last updated on May 18 2010.
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Here is the viral fake photo of Jayalalithaa:
Meanwhile Jayalalithaa, who was admitted to the Apollo Hospital in Chennai on September 22, is said to be responding well to the treatment. However, she has been advised to stay there for a few more days for treatment. Dr. Richard Beale from London has examined her and the CM is said to be under antibiotics and other clinical measures to treat infection.
"Puratchi Thalaivi Amma will be in hospital for a few more days - Apollo Hospital," reads the latest tweet on the Twitter page of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.