Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, severely injured in a brutal assault last week, has slipped into a non-reversible coma and doctors in a Lahore hospital are struggling to save his life, official sources said on Wednesday.
The deterioration in Sarabjit’s condition could lead to brain death, the sources told PTI.
His measurements on the Glasgow Coma Scale, which indicates the levels of consciousness and damage to a person’s central nervous system, had dropped to a “critical level”, the sources said.
A source said Sarabjit’s heart is beating “but without brain function” because of the extensive head injuries he sustained when he was assaulted by prisoners at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.
Sarabjit is completely unresponsive and unable to breathe without ventilator support.
The sources said the medical board supervising Sarabjit’s treatment was not in a position to declare him brain dead without consulting his family and Pakistani authorities.
The sources further said Sarabjit could not be removed from the ventilator without his family’s consent and the approval of the Pakistani government.
Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur, daughters Poonam and Swapandeep Kaur and sister Dalbir Kaur, who went to Lahore on Monday to see him, returned to India on Wednesday.