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Doctors hail brave girl

Doctors reviewed the 23-year-old rape victim’s condition on Thursday and said she was stable. The night was uneventful and her vital parameters were within the expected levels.

Meanwhile, the young student, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus on Sunday night, apparently, asked her family members: ‘Have they been caught?’ ‘She is aware that the media has taken up the case,’ they said, but have requested privacy.

On Wednesday, many rumours about the victim having died were doing the rounds of social media websites, which were denied by doctors on Thursday. They said she is even making an attempt to breathe on her own, showing fighting spirit. Infection is an impending danger, so she is still in the intensive care unit (ICU) on life support.

Dr Sunil Jain said, ‘The foremost concern is the victim’s survival. We can’t talk about her. We are looking at days and weeks of progress.’

‘She continues to be stable. We are not disturbing her. She needs to rest. The girl has immense fighting spirit. She has been fighting for four days. She is fighting it out. The girl has an immense fighting spirit, needless to say,’ Athani said.

Describing it as ‘one of the most tragic incidents’ they have ever seen, doctors said they have an ‘extremely unusual case’.

‘For the last 30 years as a surgeon, I have not seen such a grave injury to the intestines in case of sexual assault. None of us has seen such a case,’ said  Jain. Doctors from the adjoining All India Instititute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are also providing assistance.

‘As of now, her blood pressure, respiratory rate, urinary output are normal. Her blood platelet level is 41,000. It has dipped,’ the doctors said. They also said the victim will have to depend on Total Parental Nutrition (TPN), which means providing nutrition via the intravenous route.
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