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Delhi gang-rape: Victim is fighting but will take time to stabilise, say doctors

Friday, 21 December 2012 - 6:00am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
Her vital parameters are within the normal range but her platelet count has fallen slightly.

The 23-year-old gang rape victim’s condition continued to remain precarious on Thursday. Safdarjung hospital doctors, however, said she was “stable”. “She is attempting to breathe on her own and is conscious and stable. The night was uneventful and parameters are within expected levels,” BD Athani, medical superintendent, said on Thursday morning.

Terming her a “brave” girl, he said, “We are about to start total parenteral nutrition... That is to provide nutrition through the intravenous route because she will not be able to have food from her mouth because of her intestinal loss.”

Doctors at the hospital had operated upon her on Wednesday to remove almost all of her intestines to prevent gangrene. A doctor who has been treating her said the woman has developed sepsis. Also, there is fear that she might become resistant to antibiotics if she has too much of “the best antibiotics” that are being given to her.

Her vital parameters are within the normal range but her platelet count has fallen slightly. And then there is the absence of a large portion of her intestines. Anil Arora, chairperson, gastroenterology at Ganga Ram hospital, said the only option for a person without an intestine is parenteral feeding or going for a transplant. Both options seem problematic at the moment.

“There is always a danger of infection in parenteral feeding and it is costly too.” “Moreover, intestine transplants are rare. The body is normally hostile towards a transplant. We did one about a year ago. But the patient died after six weeks,” he said.

Rape accused thrashed in jail 
Mukesh, one of the accused in the Delhi gang rape case, was beaten up by inmates of Tihar jail where he is currently lodged, according to reports. Sources said the inmates reportedly forced him to eat excreta and drink urine. Fearing more attacks on him, the jail authorities have now decided to keep him away from other prisoners. The victim’s male friend identified Mukesh as one of the rapists during an identification parade.

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