The condition of 25-year-old Preeti Rathi, who lost part of her eyesight after an acid attack in Bandra last week, continues to remain critical, said doctors at Masina Hospital, Byculla. According to doctors, Rathi who has been responding to the treatment at the burns intensive care unit at the hospital is still requiring ventilator support.
“Various doctors are constantly monitoring her condition. As of now, the injuries sustained are still fresh. The plastic, eye and internal surgeries can take place only when the injuries are a little old. Till then, we have to keep her comfortable and under observation,” said Dr R Dastur, director of Masina Hospital.
On Sunday doctors from other hospitals too have been coming to visit her. “Ophthalmologists from J J Hospital had come to see her. But like all other doctors, they said the same thing—we will have to wait a few days before anything can be done about her damaged left eye,” said Vijay Kumar, the victim’s uncle.
Meanwhile, the family of the victim will visit the authorities at the INS Asvini Defence Hospital in Colaba on Monday requesting a joining date after she recovers completely. “She was expected to join by May 15. We will request the authorities to consider her case and let her keep the job,” said the victim’s father, Amar Singh.
A Delhi resident, Rathi came to Mumbai to join as a nurse in INS Asvini Defence Hospital in Colaba on Thursday, when an unidentified man had thrown acid on her at Bandra Terminus. She has suffered burns her face, right eye, arm and chest, but also in her digestive tracks as some of the acid had entered her mouth, said doctors.