Braveheart Delhi gangrape victim in a desperate, but spirited fight for her life, say docs

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Having undergone a surgery to remove her gangrenous intestine, the 23-year-old paramedical student gangraped on Sunday passed an "uneventful night" and is "stable, alert and conscious", doctors treating her said today.

"The night after the elective exploratory laparotomy, was uneventful. In the morning she was in stable condition. She continues to remain in ICU on life support, her vital parameters like blood pressure, urine output, respiratory rate were within acceptable limits," said Dr B D Athani, Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital, where she is undergoing treatment.

"She is making an attempt to breathe on her own and we are about to start to give her total parenteral nutrition (TPN), meaning providing nutrition through intravenous route, as she won't be able to take her feed from her mouth because of the intestinal loss," he said while issuing her medical bulleting.

The doctors, however, said that there were some signs of reduction of the total count (of the blood cells) and there was mild diminution of platelet count, which was 41,000 this morning, "otherwise she is alert and conscious".

Athani said infection in this case was one of the impending danger, impending complication.

"It is one of the expected, anticipated danger and to avert that we have been giving her antibiotics from day one in adequate amount. As you know that the intestine was in a state of gangrenous condition and there are perennial wounds also," Athani said.

Asked about her being removed for ventilator, the doctors said, "She had always been on ventilator. On 18th morning she was on partial support but she had been on ventilator support. We have made no attempt to take her off the ventilator support, that is not something urgently required to be done."

The doctors said their "immediate and foremost concern" was to get her out of intensive care unit (ICU) and make her stable.

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