Rape victim ‘extremely critical’, has severe cardiac problems

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The cardiac complications surfaced at around 1 am on Wednesday, when a thromboembolic attack — a clot in key vessels near her heart — triggered a cardiac arrest. "From 1 am to 3 am, all sources had to be mobilised to stabilise her condition. No heart rate could be found for three-four minutes, and her pulse rate had become critically low. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation was performed for about four minutes, before she could be revived," said a source. Sources added that loss of possible brain function during the period of cardiac arrest was yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, sources confirmed that the Mount Elizabeth hospital, which, according to an official statement, was chosen because of its successful multi-organ transplant facilities, has not performed any complete intestinal transplant procedure yet. These sources said intestinal transplants had been performed in only three places in the world — Leeds and Cambridge in the UK and Toronto in Canada.

"Considering her condition, our primary aim is to control the spread of infection, and now the latest cardiac complications. She needs proper ICU care in the immediate future, the possibility of a transplant cannot even be considered for at least six months," said a source.

In Delhi, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said: "We are all aware of the critical condition of the victim. Since the day of the incident, it has been our endeavour to provide her the best 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."

While the team of doctors from India who accompanied the victim are expected to return on Friday, sources said Dr P K Verma, intensive critical care unit in-charge at Safdarjung Hospital, is likely to remain in Singapore.

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