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Intestines removed, girl critical

Intestines removed, girl critical
The intestines of the 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in Delhi by a group of men Sunday night have been removed in a two-hour surgery, doctors said on Wednesday, adding that the victim is ‘still critical’.

Describing it as ‘one of the most tragic incidents’ they had ever seen, doctors said the victim's badly damaged intestines were susceptible to gangrene and had to be removed. The victim's first intestinal surgery was done on Monday after she was admitted to the hospital, said a hospital authority.

‘She is under close monitoring and all emergency procedures have been performed,’ B D Athani, medical superintendent at Safdarjung Hospital told reporters. The doctor said the woman was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was on ventilator. ‘The victim's blood pressure is low. Her pulse rate is 130 while her blood platelet levels are 48,000,’ said doctors. The normal platelet count in a healthy individual is between 150,000 and 450,000.

According to one of the doctors treating the girl, she is unstable and her condition is deteriorating.

‘She is still on life support system in an unconscious state. There is no movement in her body. She regained consciousness early on Wednesday morning but within minutes she went in a coma,’ said the doctor.

She underwent her fifth surgery on the girl, an elective abdominal surgery - gastronomy and duodenustromy. ‘Before going for surgery, she was quite alert and spoke to her mother and brother, as at that time there was no tube so she utilised that opportunity but her father didn’t go inside,’ doctors said.

‘Her abdomen has been cleaned and it has been closed today. Because most of the intestine, almost all portion, I would say, because of the initial loss and subsequent gangrene is not existent,’ he said. She is getting feeding as well as antibiotics and all her essential drugs through intravenous route. Doctors are hoping for her to get stable at this juncture and not develop any further complications. Dr Athani, Dr Sunil Jain and Dr Aruna Batra are taking care of her.
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