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Raj Bala shows signs of progress

delhi Updated: Jun 08, 2011 23:25 IST
HT Correspondents

Gurgaon-resident Raj Bala (50), hurt in the stampede that ensued at Ramlila grounds on Saturday night, showed some signs of improvement three days after her surgery as she started responding to simple commands.

Doctors at GB Pant Hospital also tried to get her off the ventilator for small intervals seeing her stable condition.

"So far none of her limbs are responding but the good thing is that her condition has not deteriorated further," said a senior doctor in the department of neurosurgery at the hospital.

"The compression on her spinal cord has been removed and normal control has been received. The damaged cells will recover and should start functioning slowly," he said.

The medical bulletin issued by the hospital also said she was improving.

"We are hoping that there should be some kind of a turnaround by tomorrow. We will try and put her off the ventilator and monitor if she can breathe normally," said another doctor from the hospital.

Rendered quadriplegic after the assault, Raj Bala was facing difficulty breathing without ventilator support.

Meanwhile, a stunted silence loomed at the otherwise cheerful 'Scarlet Play School', Raj Bala’s residence in Krishna Colony in Gurgaon. Her husband Jagbir Malik locked himself in his Gurgaon residence all day on Wednesday, refusing to meet anyone.

"I am a heart patient myself and now my wife is sinking with every passing minute. I cannot bear it anymore," he said, when HT tried contacting him over phone.

"It hurts me to see her in this condition. I cannot talk any further," he said. Malik, who was been attending to his wife since Sunday, did not go to the hospital on Wednesday.

"The doctors tried to get my mother-in-law off the ventilator seeing her stable condition but were forced to put it back as she was gasping for breath. Our entire family is shattered and especially my father-in-law, who is refusing to talk to anyone," said Rakesh Malik, Bala's daughter-in-law.

While the Delhi government has offered all medical aid, organizations like Bharat Swabhiman Trust have also offered financial help but the the family refused the offer.