Govt offers to foot victim' medical bills
The condition of Rajbala, 50, who was hurt in the stampede that ensued at the Ramlila grounds on Sunday, continued to be critical even two days after her neck surgery at GB Pant hospital.delhi Updated: Jun 08, 2011 00:15 IST
The condition of Rajbala, 50, who was hurt in the stampede that ensued at the Ramlila grounds on Sunday, continued to be critical even two days after her neck surgery at GB Pant hospital.
Rendered quadriplegic after the assault, the Gurgaon resident was having difficulty breathing and her blood pressure had to be closely monitored as it kept shooting at erratic intervals.
"The patient is conscious quadriplegic and is obeying simple verbal commands. She is still on a ventilator and is on medication to maintain normal blood pressure. Her condition is still critical," the hospital said in a statement.
In a four-hour long surgery, the neurosurgeons had treated her neck using plate screw and cage. "Although she should live, her chances of complete limb recovery are slim," said a doctor.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government offered "all support" including bearing the cost of treatment of Rajbala.
Health minister AK Walia and political secretary to chief minister Sheila Dikshit Pawan Khera visited Rajbala at the hospital and offered government's full support to her.
"The chief minister had instructed us to visit her. We offered Rajbala all support, including the medical cost of her treatment," said Khera.
However, Rajbala's family was not satisfied with the aid offered. "She was hurt in a police assault so the government should adequately compensate her," said her nephew Satish Kumar.
"It is sad to see her in such a pitiable condition. I wish her dead than see her suffering so much," said Rajbala's husband.