HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Delhi gang-rape: girl has lot of inner strength, say docs

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 21, 2012
First Published: 01:25 IST(21/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:58 IST(21/12/2012)

Doctors treating the 23-year-old gang-rape victim at New Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital may attempt to wean her off the ventilator on Friday to see if she can breathe on her own.

The girl has been on ventilator in the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) since Monday morning when she was brought to the hospital after being subjected to a brutal sexual assault by four men on a bus on Sunday.

The doctors treating her said she was a spirited girl and fighting her condition hard.

“She had stood about three hours of ordeal before being brought to the hospital, which says a lot about her inner strength. And even in this condition, she hasn't given up,” said Dr BD Athani, medical superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital.

“Our aim is to bring her out of the ICU eventually. We have observed that she is capable of breathing on her own but we didn't attempt weaning her off as yet because it has not even been 48 hours after we performed the second procedure on her,” said a senior doctor.

The girl has been put on what is called a T-piece trial, which is one of the testing methods used for weaning patients off the mechanical ventilation that involves pumping oxygen directly into the trachea through a connected tube.

If the person is able to breathe successfully than the ventilator is removed, otherwise the patient can be reattached to the artificial support.

“If we succeed tomorrow, she will be able to talk properly rather than communicating through chits,” the doctor added.

Doctors at the AIIMS trauma centre were also called in for their opinion on her condition.

The girl is at present on various medicines to maintain her vital parameters and the doctors will gradually see whether her body will be able to sustain on its own without the medicinal and ventilatory support.

Though her platelet count and white blood count dropped marginally on Thursday, indicating some amount of infection in the body, there has been improvement in her liver and kidney function.

“The initial gangrene threat has been overcome and now our concern is smouldering infections in her many injuries. But if she continues to respond the way she is responding to treatment at the moment, there is a possibility she may pull through," said Dr Athani.

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