Delhi gangrape victim admitted in Singapore hospital, condition 'extremely critical'

Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre

"At this stage, we would request that the privacy of the patient, family members as also of the medical team in attendance is fully respected so that the treatment may continue smoothly," the statement added.

In New Delhi, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the government would spare no effort for the treatment of the victim and it would meet all the costs for her treatment.

"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," he said in a statement.

Shinde said when the government was advised by a team of doctors that she may be shifted abroad for treatment, it had ordered India's High Commissioner in Singapore to make necessary arrangements.

"Considering the travel time, the doctors have suggested Mt Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore... Indian doctors have spoken to the doctors of the said hospital and shared the details of the patient," he said.

The minister said arrangements have also been made for the family to stay in Singapore with the patient as the treatment may stretch to many weeks.

Official sources said passport and Singapore visa for the girl and some of her family members who accompanied her were expedited by the External Affairs Ministry.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took the decision to set up a one-person Commission headed by Justice (retd) Usha Mehra to identify lapses and fix responsibility in the girl's case.

Medical Superintendent of the Safdarjung Hospital Dr B D Athani last night said that "the treatment might take longer."

Athani said the girl has suffered severe intestinal and abdominal injuries and more than once she would have to undergo treatment in Singapore which could take several weeks. Parts of the girl's intestine were surgically removed.

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