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Government looking into long-term rehabilitation of battered baby

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To be monitored for a while to see if she can cope without constant medical care

The two-year-old battered baby girl, whose almost miracle recovery has surprised the staff at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences Trauma Centre here now, has the Delhi Government looking into the possibility of a long-term rehabilitation for the child.

While doctors at the trauma centre maintain that the child will have to be monitored for at least a couple of days more to see if she can cope without constant medical care, senior Delhi Government officials too said they were in no particular hurry to take the child out of the trauma centre.

In the past two weeks, the child has finally started showing signs of rapid improvement and responding to treatment.

“For over 10 days now she has managed to stay off any ventilator support, is moving her limbs and opening her eyes on her own. She even senses the presence of people and activity around here. The infection in her chest, brain and blood have cleared up well and we are now concentrating on ensuring that she puts on weight and is able to make a steady recovery,” said a senior doctor.

The baby girl was brought to the Institute on January 18 with severe head injuries, broken arms and bite marks all over her body. She has undergone five life-saving surgeries and the doctors are still not certain about the quality of life she will be able to lead after being discharged.

The doctors too are worried about the child's welfare and said they were waiting for some direction from the Delhi Government or other government agencies looking into the matter for instruction on how to prepare the child for discharge.

Delhi's Woman and Child Welfare Minister Kiran Walia said: “While we are in no hurry to take the child out from the excellent medical care that she is getting, doctors have also told us that it would not be wise to expose the child to the various infections at the trauma centre by prolonging her stay without any major requirement. We are looking into various aspects of the case and have noted that the child will not be immediately placed back with the biological mother as she herself requires counselling and rehabilitation. Also, we are not sure about the long-term effect of the assault on the child and the nature of medical care that she will require. We are then seriously looking into possibility of placing the child with a government-run home near AIIMS, which would give the child's caretakers easy access to quality medical care.”

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