Kadana rape: Doctors for spinal cord surgery, father says no

The father of Kadana rape victim and authorities of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital seemed to be at loggerheads on Friday with the father demanding that his daughter be discharged even as doctors said she needed to undergo a surgery.

"My daughter has problems with her legs and back but doctors are telling me she would have to be operated upon her abdomen. Why should they operate upon her abdomen when the problem lies elsewhere. I want her to be discharged immediately and we want to go home," the father told The Indian Express on Friday evening.

However, Dr M M Prabhakar, medical superintendent of the hospital said the teenager needed to undergo further treatment.

"She has a spinal cord fracture and paralysis in other limbs and requires to undergo a surgery. If they want to leave against medical advice, we cannot stop them," said Dr Prabhakar. The girl was shifted from Godhra Civil Hospital to orthopaedic department of the Ahmedabad hospital on Thursday for treatment. Till a day before, the 15-year-old victim was reportedly unable to sit or walk.

However, the father and her brother said her condition had improved and that she was longing to return home.

"She is able to sit and walk now. She is longing to go back home," the father said. He added that the family could not afford expenses of the surgery.

The family does farming in their native village Antalvad in Kadana taluka of the Panchmahals district and also runs a provision store.

The minor was allegedly abducted from her village and raped by her distant relative and two others on December 27. Later, the assailants had dumped her in bushes near the village.

Advocate asks CM to fund treatment

Indravadan Parikh, an advocate and social servant in neighbouring Santrampur taluka wrote to Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday requesting him government bear expenses of treatment of the rape victim. In his letter to Modi via SWAGAT online, the system through which citizens can report their grievances directly to the CM, Parikh urged that government fund her treatment in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital since she was refused treatment at government hospitals initially.

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