Delhi's braveheart gangraped girl's condition turns serious, docs expect worse

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 25 2012, 00:28am hrs
Delhi gangrapeNameless girl is battling for life against all odds even as her condition increasingly turn futile. (Reuters)
The condition of the 23-year-old gangrape victim deteriorated today with doctors saying that she is "not as good" as yesterday.

"Her condition has deteriorated... She is very serious, very critical and still not out of danger," one of the doctors attending to her at Safdarjung Hospital said.

Dr B D Athani, Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital, said last night, the victim developed tendency for internal bleeding and now she has reduced capacity for coagulation.

"Her bilirubin level has decreased to 5.5 and her lycolyte count is 6000. These parameters are after supplementation of platelet. She continues to remain on ventilator. She is not as good as yesterday and she is para-sick. She is running fever of 102 to 104," he said.

This is because of sepsis and it is a matter of "serious concern", he said.

"The victim was subjected to psychiatric counselling today. Her parents were also given counselling. In that, it was found that the victim was relatively composed and that she neither showed anxiety or depression," Athani said.

The paramedical student, who was gangraped last Sunday night in a moving bus here, was also administered another four bottles of platelet-rich plasma.

Body destroyed beyond redemption, Delhi gangrape victim fights what India hopes is not a futile battle

After undergoing yet another surgery, the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim's condition was still described as critical on Monday afternoon, with doctors continuing to monitor her health 24/7.

Doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital giving their report here said the girl is stable but critical and is on ventilator electively. She underwent a "small operation" yesterday after medical examination suggested fluid collection in her abdomen - docs say that there is some internal bleeding too.

With her intestines gone and medication side-effects kicking in as well as her strength gradually ebbing out of her, hope for the victim was fast diminishing even as she continues to wage a spirited battle against all odds, say doctors.

The victim's platelet count has been fluctuating since Saturday and it stood at a low 19,000 during the last observation yesterday. Normal platelet count in a healthy individual is between 150,000 and 450,000 per micro-litre of blood, which augurs a disaster for the girl who has today become a synonym for atrocities against women even though she remains in anonymity as a nameless person in public.

The doctors said sepsis, a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure, is one of their major concerns and noted that the bilirubin level of the victim has increased to 6.3.

The paramedical student, who was gangraped last Sunday night in a moving bus here, was also administered another four bottles of platelet-rich plasma. The girl is also suffering from high fever, the doctors said.

People gathered outside the hospital wishing her well say the girl's case may be hopeless, but she is giving others hope with her spirited fight.

Many are seen praying for her welfare, while others insist that her death will turn her into a martyr for the cause of women emancipation and fuel a country-wide reforms movement for women's welfare.