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Delhi gang-rape victim in ‘extremely critical condition’

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Women during a protest against the recent gang-rape of a student, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. The victim was admitted to Mount Elizabeth hospital, Singapore today morning.
Women during a protest against the recent gang-rape of a student, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. The victim was admitted to Mount Elizabeth hospital, Singapore today morning.

Battling for life for the last 11 days, the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim was flown to Singapore on Thursday in an “extremely critical condition” and was admitted to the Mount Elizabeth Hospital, a multi-organ transplant specialty hospital.

The victim, who remained on ventilator support during most part of her treatment in Safdarjung hospital in Delhi, was flown in on an air ambulance early on Thursday morning. A team of doctors and her family members accompanied her.

“The patient arrived at Mount Elizabeth Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit this morning in an extremely critical condition,” a spokesperson of the hospital told PTI. “She is being examined and the hospital is working with the Indian High Commission. We request that the privacy of the patient and family be respected,” the spokesperson said.

Earlier, the Indian High Commission in Singapore said that the plane carrying the girl landed at the Changi International Airport at 7.30 am (5 am IST).

The decision to shift the girl was taken at the highest level of the Indian government, which has declared that it will bear all the expenses of her treatment. On December 16, the girl was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus and thrown out of it in Delhi. She underwent three surgeries but her condition remained critical.

Full medical attention

In a statement, the Indian High Commission said that the girl was receiving full medical attention at the hospital. “We assure all concerned that the patient is receiving full medical attention and the family is also being provided all possible assistance by the High Commission,” it said.

The High Commission has also conveyed that the hospital and the family's request for privacy of the patient be respected.

“We have received numerous queries regarding the condition of the patient and also many offers to help. We are deeply grateful for all of these offers,” the statement said. “At this stage, we would request that the privacy of the patient, family members as also of the medical team in attendance is fully respected so that the treatment may continue smoothly,” the statement added.

Passport expedited

In New Delhi, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the government would spare no effort for the treatment of the victim and it would meet all the costs for her treatment.

In a statement Mr Shinde said when the government was advised by a team of doctors that she may be shifted abroad for treatment, it had ordered India’s High Commissioner in Singapore to make necessary arrangements.

“Considering the travel time, the doctors have suggested Mt Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore... Indian doctors have spoken to the doctors of the said hospital and shared the details of the patient,” he said.The minister said arrangements have also been made for the family to stay in Singapore with the patient as the treatment may stretch to many weeks.

Official sources said passport and Singapore visa for the girl and some of her family members who accompanied her were expedited by the External Affairs Ministry.

Medical Superintendent of the Safdarjung Hospital Dr B D Athani on Wednesday night said that “the treatment might take longer.” Dr Athani said the girl has suffered severe intestinal and abdominal injuries and more than once she would have to undergo treatment in Singapore which could take several weeks.Parts of the girl’s intestine were surgically removed.

“She was being provided the best available aid by a team of specialized doctors. She had to be operated upon thrice.”

The victim, whom doctors described as “psychologically composed and optimistic about future”, had shown signs of improvement during treatment but her condition worsened in after her pulse rate plummeted for a brief period on Tuesday.The periodic bouts of infection were also a source of concern for the doctors.

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I don't understand -Rarest of Rarest Case- does it means a certain
number of accused involved in it or the condition of victim?? Wrong is
Wrong. Not only these 6 but thousands of
them who are already behind bars deserve unbearable punishment.

from:  Chauhan
Posted on: Dec 28, 2012 at 11:01 IST

We should indeed pray for the speedy recovery of the victim. A laudable & humanitarian move, indeed, by the powers that be. But looks like an unwarranted precedent has been created, considering that the situation is not the rarest of the rare ones..!! Is the govt going to succumb to similar pressures that may arise under similar circumstances..?? The govt has a lot to answer in the years to come.

from:  Stephen Arulraj
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 18:19 IST

Extremely painful to read about this incident for the past few days. But will our Indian Govt. take care every such victim ???? or this is just to attract public attention ???? Who will protect the protector from the pepetrators ????? The family of the police who lost his life in the violence ?????

from:  Sundar Raman
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 18:13 IST

Keeping all things aside, we must all pray for the girl and for her speedy recovery. Miracles can happen if all the billion people can focus on this one vision and generate a positive energy. Can we do that please?

from:  Eashwar
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 14:46 IST

I think government is doing as good as possible. I pray to All Mighty Allah please please please save her bring her back to normal life.

from:  Mohammad
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 14:37 IST

What about the thousand others, do they get the same attention? Think of the thousands brutalized in rural areas? I agree that she needs the best treatment possible, but should not the Government do same for everyone..

from:  Sridhar K
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 14:23 IST

I pray almight that the rape victim who is shifted to a hospital in Singapore recovers fast and comes back to India at the earliest. Hats off the brave girl who is fighting a battle for life.

from:  RK Mumbai
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 14:17 IST

It is a good ...No politics as dr.trehan has stepped in.We have to admit
our limitations good job done the prime minister...While so many chaos
and fuss it is great on the part of govt of india...

let us pray to god and leave it to him/her...

from:  Iyer
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 13:56 IST

thank god for now atlast she will get 100% medical attention which first and most priorities for her at moment rather making so big hu ha in delhi among people , govt. and police adminstration. one things for sure ican confirm after living in singapore for 4 year that she will get onely MEDICAL CARE no politics , no emotion etc.

back to our country men, please dont mix everything, otherwise we wont left with anything pure, one of comman material which mix in every one is politics.
ujjawal kumar singapore

from:  ujjawal
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 13:50 IST

Are there no good medical facilities in India that the poor girl had to be send all the way abroad.So much so for our harping on medical tourism.There are excellent medical facilities in the Indian private sector where multiorgan transplants are done
with high success rates.This shifting is purely a political one.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 13:12 IST

We all pray for her speedy recovery.

from:  Soundararajan Srinivasa
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 12:32 IST

It is indeed sad to learn about her condition... but is it not a political move to send her to singapore to avoid trouble in Delhi; even if travelling such long distance might not be good for her?...

from:  Venkatesh Cheung
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 11:10 IST

Rarely a government of the day gets it act right. But on this count the government
seems to have got their priorites in place.
1. If the survior was to die in AIIMS-Hospital, the law & order in the country would be a logistical nigthmare. Tempers are frayed and emotions fragile thanks to the earlier inept handling by the Delhi Police, the Delhi Chief Minister, the Union Home Minister and last but not the least the deafening silence of our Prime Minister
2. If the Rape victim has to survive given the medical complications requiring
organ translplant, Mount Elizabeth hospital is the best choice. Again, the good
thing about Singapore is that the laws concerning organ transplant are functional to purpose, setting aside the traditional noise one hears in India on ORGAN DONORS.
3. With this move the government gets the opportunity to put its house in order.
Trillion$ question, will the government grab this moment to correct or will it fail?

from:  gopinath hiremagalur
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 10:33 IST

You are an epitome of grit & determination. A billion prayers are with
you as we all pray for your speedy recovery.

from:  Kartik
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 10:22 IST

I had impression that medical facilities at top Indian hospital AIIMS
were best in South East Asea!! or might be this also is a political and
defensive move on government's side. I have seen reactions of some of
top Congress leaders on whole episode and they seems arrogant in their

from:  Vineet
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 10:14 IST

Wish her a speedy recovery.
'Dammed if you do and dammed if you don't' or so the saying goes. Makes you wonder why they have to shift her to Singapore? Do we not have the expertise or facilities in India that she has to be sent else where?
Do we smell a political agenda behind this move? Is the Government trying to show us that they are doing their best while at the same time moving the case out of the ire and limelight of Indians who are now on a constant struggle to live a decent life as promised in our constitution? When will we stop playing politics with the lives of people? Am I allowed to dream of such a day?

from:  Mathew
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 10:10 IST

Incomplete policies/law, improper Implementation forces the youth to
take the unwanted steps. This type of protest is not a proper way to
show the concern, however after a long wait when authorities have not
created such an environment where these creatures does not have any fear
before doing such a shame DelhiGangRape. "The country should at least be
worth living for all the genders"

from:  Sachin Kumar
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 09:41 IST

It is good that the girl has been shifted from Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi to Singapore for further treatment. It is not that medical facilities in India are not adequate or upto the standard as in Singapore, but primarily, I believe that the prying eyes as in the capital will not be there in Singapore. The prayer is that the girl should get well soon and be a normal person. The city of Delhi will always carry the stigma of 'rape capital'

from:  Ramamurthy Venkateswaran
Posted on: Dec 27, 2012 at 08:57 IST
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