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Rape victim recovering in the shadow of trauma

india Updated: Apr 22, 2013 00:28 IST
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The five-year-old rape victim is out of danger, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said.

She, however, will take a long time to put the trauma behind her. “We trying to get her back to her normal chatty self, but suddenly she goes silent, and it’s not difficult to guess why. Though the presence of her mother around is reassuring, we can see she is a bit perplexed to see so many unknown faces around her,” said a person close to the family.

Doctors treating her are confident that she will make full recovery eventually.

“The girl is a lot better mentally than how she was when brought to AIIMS. She slept well in the night, and her vital parameters are stable,” said a doctor, who is part of the team of eight specialists treating her.

Asked if the girl asked about the incident, doctors claimed she was too young to understand fully what she went through.

The team of doctors is led by Dr Sandeep Agarwala from the department of paediatric surgery.

The girl’s physical condition is also improving but her mental make-up will take a lot more time to improve.

“She is stable, and there is no danger to her life. It will take another two weeks at least before we can think of discharging her though,” said Dr DK Sharma, medical superintendent, AIIMS, on Sunday.

The girl, who was shifted to AIIMS from the MCD-run Swami Dayanand Hospital on Friday, is responding well to the antibiotics.

“Our priority is to kill the internal infection, though it is well under control,” said Dr Sharma.

The girl underwent colostomy procedure to create an opening to pass stool and surgical correction of her injured private parts on Friday night.

“Her colostomy is functioning. She is conscious, alert and talking to parents, doctors and nurses. She is running mild fever which is getting better,” said Dr Sharma.

The girl has been asking her mother for food. “She is hungry but it is too early to give her food because of the stomach infection. We would like to give the stomach rest for another two-three days before starting oral feed,” added Dr Sharma.