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Death leaves Safdarjung staff shaken

Bindu Shajan Perappadan
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The body of the gang-rape victim being taken to a funeral parlour in Singapore for embalment before being flown back to India.— PHOTO: AFP
The body of the gang-rape victim being taken to a funeral parlour in Singapore for embalment before being flown back to India.— PHOTO: AFP

“She was a fighter and definitely wanted to live,” said Safdarjung Hospital Medical Superintendent B.D. Athani, speaking about Delhi’s ‘brave heart’ — the 23-year-old gang-rape victim who battled for life at Safdarjung Hospital here for 10 days before being shifted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore, on December 26.

Her death in Singapore has left the Safdarjung Hospital staff shaken.

“Despite the extensive nature of her injuries, which substantially reduced the chances of the patient being able to pull through the assault, she fought hard, never giving up hope of making a full recovery. Even after the surgery for removal of her intestine, she remained in a good frame of mind and never spoke about or indicated any signs of depression/anxiety. Till the very end she would try and reassure her parents and seemed eager to help us treat her,” Dr. Athani said.

Claiming that he has never seen such an extensive, grievous assault, Dr. Athani said: “This young girl was so brutally battered that it shocked everyone on duty that night in the casualty when the police control room van brought her in.”

“The news of her death has shaken us all. Despite knowing that her chance of recovery was not very bright, we were hoping that she will pull through. Tuesday night’s cardiac arrest and damage to the brain was a setback for the patient. With the death of this bright young girl, we can only extend our prayers to the bereaved family and hope that we never have to treat such a case again,” he added.

Despite the extensive nature of her injuries... she fought hard, never giving

up hope of making a full recovery


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