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Delhi rape victim in 'extremely critical' condition: Singapore hospital

Source : AGENCIES
Last Updated: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 16:10 hrs

Singapore: The doctors at the Singapore hospital, where the Delhi rape victim has been admitted, on Thursday night said that the victim is in "extremely critical" condition.

"A multi-disciplinary team of specialists is taking care of her and doing everything possible to stabilise her condition,' said a statement by Dr Kelvin Loh, the CEO of Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

The rape victim arrived in Singapore on an air-ambulance on Thursday morning and was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Mount Elizabeth hospital, renowned for multi-organ transplant facilities.



On Thursday night she remained in "extremely critical condition" as a team of specialists worked to stabilize her, Dr. Kelvin Loh, the hospital's chief executive officer, said in a statement. Before arriving in Singapore, she had already undergone three abdominal surgeries and suffered cardiac arrest, he said.

Singapore hospital had treated Rajinikant, Amar Singh too

She was flown in a highly equipped air ambulance to the Singapore hospital where earlier Southern superstar Rajinikanth was treated besides politicians like Amar Singh.

Rajinikanth was admitted to the hospital for almost a month in the summer of 2011 after doctors at a Chennai hospital advised shifting him to Singapore for specialised treatment.

Besides a kidney-related ailment, the 62-year-old actor was treated for respiratory infection and other problems.

Two years back, the hospital was in news in India when Amar Singh was admitted to the institution for a kidney transplant.

Singh also spent over three weeks at the hospital in 2009.

The hospital, which has 345 beds, performs the largest number of cardiac surgeries and neuro-surgeries in the private sector in Southeast Asia.

The hospital is renowned for kidney and heart transplants and receives patients from across the globe because of its state-of-the-art facilities for highly-complicated surgeries.

Doctors in India had removed major part of the victim's intestine and advised air-lifting her to this hospital because of the specialised treatment that the institution offers for patients who need multi-organ transplant.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad confirmed the news of her admission and said she is in a stable condition.

"She reached at 5-30 in the morning. She has been admitted. She is stable," said Azad.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in a statement said: "Government had stated that it will spare no effort for her treatment. Therefore, when we were advised by a team of Doctors that she may be shifted abroad for treatment, the Government decided to meet all the costs thereof."

"Considering the travel time, the doctors have suggested Mt Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore. Government have ordered India's High Commissioner in Singapore to make necessary arrangements. Indian Doctors have spoken to the Doctors of the said Hospital and shared the details of the patient," Shinde said.

The hospital specializes in multi-organ transplant procedures. The hospital in a statement said, however, that the girl was brought there in an extremely critical condition.

B D Athani, the medical superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi where the girl was undergoing treatment after the brutal rape and attack with an iron rod inside a moving bus, said the Singapore hospital has a state-of-art multi-organ transplant facility.

The girl's parents also accompanied her.

Large parts of the victim's intestines were removed as a result of the injuries she suffered from the attack.

The victim was moved to the airport on Wednesday from the Delhi hospital in an ambulance and her papers were arranged by the government.

Doctors who have been treating the woman at Safdarjung Hospital did not issue the usual medical bulletin on Wednesday, but have maintained that even she has been responding to the treatment, her condition has remained critical.

Doctors who went with her to return on Friday

With Doctors at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore taking over the treatment of the victim, the medical team which had accompanied her will return on Friday.

Sources said that the team of Indian doctors who had accompanied the patient to Singapore late on Wednesday night in an air ambulance have handed her over to the hospital and will be returning to New Delhi on Friday.

Besides a few doctors from Medanta MediCity Hospital in Gurgaon, the head of the Intensive Care Unit of Safdarjung Hospital P K Verma had accompanied Amanat to Singapore.

As the condition of the woman remained worrying, authorities have been under tremendous pressure from all fronts as the incident sparked protests nationwide.

In their medical bulletin on Tuesday doctors attending the victim said she continued to be critical but is improving and is a shade better than she was a day ago.

The 23-year-old medical student was raped and brutalized with an iron rod on a moving bus and then thrown off the vehicle along with her male companion on December 16, when she was returning home after watching a movie.

Full text of the Statement by Union Home Minister on Critical Condition of Victim:

"We are all aware of the critical condition of victim. Since the day of the incident, it has been our endeavour to provide her the best of medical care. Despite the best efforts of our Doctors, the victim continues to be critical and her fluctuating health remains a big cause of concern to all of us.

Government had stated that it will spare no effort for her treatment. Therefore, when we were advised by a team of Doctors that she may be shifted abroad for treatment, the Government decided to meet all the costs thereof. Considering the travel time, the doctors have suggested Mt Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore. Government have ordered India's High Commissioner in Singapore to make necessary arrangements. Indian Doctors have spoken to the Doctors of the said Hospital and shared the details of the patient.

Arrangements have also been made for the family to accompany her as the treatment may stretch to many weeks."

The Cabinet Thursday approved setting up of a Commission of Enquiry to look into the incident of rape and assault on the girl.

Following are the terms and references of the Enquiry Commission will be as follows:

i. The Commission shall go into the various aspects of the shocking incident of rape and brutal assault of a young woman in Delhi on 16.12.2012; identify the lapses, if any, on the part of the police or any other authority or person that contributed to the occurrence; and fix responsibility for the lapses and / or negligence on the part of the police or any other authority or person.

ii. The Commission shall suggest measures to improve the safety and security of women, particularly in Delhi and NCR.

The Commission shall submit its report to the Central Government as soon as possible but not later than three months from the date of its first sitting.

The Commission may, if it deems fit, make an interim report to the Central Government before the said date on any of the matters mentioned in paragraphs i and ii above.

The headquarters of the Commission shall be at New Delhi.

The Commission of Enquiry has been set up under section 3 of the Commission of Inquiry Act 1952 (60 of 1952).


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