Delhi rape victim heads to Singapore for treatment

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 18:27 hrs

New Delhi: The 23-year-old gang-rape victim, who is battling for life for the past 10 days at Safdarjung hospital, was on Wednesday night shifted and headed to a hospital in Singapore.

Safdarjung hospital sources said the physiotherapy student was being shifted to Singapore. The name of the hospital was not known immediately.

Sources said the girl, who is on ventilator support since she was admitted to Safdarjung hospital on December 16 after she was gang-raped in a moving bus in South Delhi, was taken in a special chartered plane.

PCR vans escorted the ambulance from Safdarjung hospital.

P K Verma, ICU in-charge of Safdarjung hospital, said he cannot make any comments on the matter.

"I will not say anything on this," he said.

Sources said the decision to shift the girl to Singapore was taken at the highest level of the government and noted that all necessary travel documents were provided at the shortest possible time.

The Union Health Ministry earlier contacted a hospital in Singapore.

The sources said government will bear all the expenses of the girl's treatment in Singapore.

A few doctors are also flying with the girl.

The victim, who was rushed to Safdarjung Hospital on December 16, underwent two major and one minor surgeries in the past 10 days during which major part of intestine was removed.

The victim has been on ventilator for majority of her stay in the hospital, except for two days when she was taken off ventilator and started breating on her own.

Despite the violence that she underwent, the girl was "psychologically fit and sound" with doctors calling her a very brave girl who was concerned about her future.

During her 10-day stay in the ICU of the hospital, the girl was administered plasma-rich platelets and blood to keep her vital parameters stable.

The victim's father said the family has not been informed where the girl is being taken and that they were just told to board the aircraft.

"We don't know anything. We don't know where we are going. All we have been told is we are going abroad. Me, my wife and the entire family is going with her (the girl)," he said. The entire family are being flown to Singapore with the victim.

The condition of the victim deteriorated on Tuesday night as her pulse rate reduced considerably but it recovered soon.

She, however, continues to be critical but stable, doctors attending on her said today. She continues to be on ventilator support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The medical bulletin on her health by the doctors at Safdarjung hospital, where she is being treated, was postponed twice as top heart specialists attended on her.

According to sources, her condition had deteriorated late on Tuesday night as she had suffered from "bradycardia", with her pulse rate reducing, but she recovered within minutes.

Sources said her pulse rate has suddenly reduced to below 50 per minute but recovered within five minutes.

"Her condition continues to be critical but stable," a senior doctor said while confirming her bradycardia condition on Tuesday night.

Top health specialists, including Naresh Trehan, were attending on the girl and held consultations with the panel of doctors looking into her health condition.

The medical bulletin on the victim's health was to be issued at 4.30 PM but it was postponed to 6.30 PM, only to be put off again by the hospital administration.

Senior health officials, including the Director General of Health Services, held consultation with doctors attending on her.

The doctors described the victim as "psychologically composed and optimistic about future", had shown signs of improvement during treatment but her condition worsened late last night after her pulse rate plummetted for a brief period.

The paramedical student was gangraped and brutally assaulted allegedly by six youth, including a minor, in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16 night and her male friend was badly beaten up when he tried to protect her. They had boarded the bus from Munirka area at around 9:15 pm.

Eager to live and see that her rapists punished, she had recorded her statement twice -- first time on December 21 before Sub Divisional Magistrate and December 24 before Metropolitan Magistrate.

The second statement was necessitated after Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit alleged that police "interfered" with the process of recording of victim's statement.

"I want to live...Have they been caught," she had asked her mother.

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