Gangraped girl 'critical', but desire to live undeterred, says 'Maa main jeena chahti hoon'


The 23-year-old paramedical student, who was gangraped and tortured in a moving bus on Sunday night, today underwent fifth surgery and "continues to be critical but stable", doctors attending on her said.

But even as the Delhi's gang rape victim's condition deteriorated, she has shown immense determination to fight the battle for life.

According to television reports, in a written communication to her mother, the girl has said: "Maa main jeena chahti hoon" (Mother, I want to live).

Her condition, which had improved yesterday morning after she was operated upon on Sunday night, deteriorated yesterday evening. Doctors are battling to keep infections at bay as the injuries are extensive. Her platelet count had dropped, with blood pressure being unstable.

On Wednesday she again had to undergo surgery as gangrene became a threat and more of her intestines were removed. However, her courage and spirit, according to doctors is still strong and she is fighting her injuries as much as she fought against her assailants.

Specialists from AIIMS trauma centre have been called in before doctors decide whether the girl needs to be operated upon further. They hope to curb further spread of infection.

Doctors at the Safdarjung hospital treatment performed an elective abdominal surgery –gastronomy and duodenustromy -- and surgeons had to remove her gangrenous small intestine. They said she has lost most of here intestine.

"This was a planned surgery and at this juncture she is responding to treatment fairly well, she is stable but she continues to be critical," Dr B D Athani, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said.

The girl, who remains on ventilatory support, was taken to operation theatre at 10 AM and was shifted to ICU at around 1 PM after surgery. Doctors said she had withstood the operation fairly well.

"She is fairly stable at this juncture and we have to wait and watch. We would observe for the stability for next few hours," she said.

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