Three days after referring a 13-year-old rape victim to South Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, doctors at Gurgaon’s Civil Hospital have finally came out in the open saying that her case was not an emergency.
Meanwhile, the victim has undergone two ultrasound tests at Safdarjung Hospital but her abortion is yet to be carried out.
Doctors there said that her foetus would be aborted through medication. According to the doctors, the minor, who is 16-week pregnant, is stable, but critical.
Reportedly, the referral was made as it was important to take the right decision about her abortion, for which Civil Hospital did not have the expertise.
“The victim’s case was never an emergency. But, as she faced a risk of excessive bleeding during the time of delivery or surgery, we had to refer her to Safdarjung Hospital that has the expertise to deal with her case,” said Dr Assaruddin, principal medical officer (PMO), Civil Hospital, Gurgaon on Thursday.
The victim’s age and immature reproductive system have landed her in severe complexities, thereby hindering a natural delivery process.
“She is suffering from a condition called central placenta praevia. This can cause severe bleeding and progress to a haemorrhage,” said Assaruddin.
Clarifying their stand further, the doctors at the Civil Hospital said that the victim was referred to Safdarjung Hospital purely on health grounds.
“She was referred entirely on health grounds. We had conducted an ultrasound here on Monday, through which we got to know of her condition. That’s when we decided to refer her to Safdarjung,” said Assaruddin.
Since the referral on Monday, the victim’s family and NGO Farishte, which has taken up the girl’s cause in court, have been alleging that the hospital did not mention the victim’s critical condition in its referral letter to Safdarjung Hospital, thereby causing a delay in her admission there.
Artemis offers medical aid to girl
After repeated demands by the 13-year-old rape victim’s family and NGO Farishte for the girl’s treatment at a multi-specialty hospital, Artemis Health Sciences has volunteered to fund her treatment.
“We are willing to admit the victim at our hospital after her surgery at Safdarjung Hospital and will bear her medical expenses thereafter. Once we study the victim’s medical report, we will begin to raise funds for her from different communities in Gurgaon,” said Anirban Sengupta, head of sales and marketing, Artemis Health Sciences.
Kulbhushan Bhardwaj, a lawyer and a member of Farishte, which has been helping the victim’s family, said, “So far, there has been no assistance from the government. By now she should have been transferred to a better facility.”