The 23-year-old gangrape victim is battling for life in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. She has severe genital, abdominal and head injuries.
Doctors treating her claimed the woman, who is on ventilator support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital, is “very critical”.
Late Monday, police claim to have arrested two accused in the rape case even as doctors claiming they had never seen a victim of sexual assault subjected to “such brutality”.
TV reports suggest third arrest has been made in the case.
“We performed several life-saving procedures on her within an hour of her being brought to the hospital around 3am. Her injuries were severe and she has lost a lot of blood,” said a senior doctor at the hospital.
The victim had reportedly lost nearly a litre of blood and had severe internal injuries.
“Her intestines are damaged; the blood supply to her intestines has been severed. It looks like she was assaulted by a blunt object as her face also bore injury marks,” said the doctor.
The life-saving surgery lasted for more than four hours in the morning. Doctors tried to repair her intestines and other damaged organs and tissues.
“Her injuries are fatal. Though we are pumping her with the strongest of antibiotics possible, sooner or later gangrene is bound to set in. She is in a very bad shape,” the doctor added.
The medical staff present at the hospital, when she was brought in, described her condition as “horrifying”.
“She was in a pool of blood but conscious. There was blood all over her face. I cannot even imagine the agonising pain she must be in,” said a nursing assistant in the hospital who wished to remain anonymous.
Sources in the hospital told Hindustan Times that it seemed at least four people were involved in the crime, as different semen samples were found on her.
The victim, who is a paramedical student, was doing internship at one of the private hospitals in the city.