Victim showing signs of severe organ failure: Singapore docs
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The patient has been unconscious and on maximum ventilator support since her cardiac arrest around 1 am on Wednesday. "She continues to be unconscious and on complete ventilator support. There is no spontaneous respiratory function at all now after the cardiac arrest," the source said.
Both the Indian doctors who accompanied the patient were scheduled to return late on Friday night. The patient has been admitted under colon and rectal surgery specialist Dr. Denis Nyam. A chest X-ray has shown accumulation of fluid in her lungs, indicating the infection which began from her intestine and spread to the abdomen has now reached her lungs.
Doctors said this could be attributed to the continued ventilator support over a period of time, and her immobile condition. Her kidney and liver functions have been compromised.
Sources said the fluid in her lung, the first signs of which were seen on her last day at Safdarjung hospital, cannot be removed surgically at the moment because of the patient's "critically low" platelet count. Her blood pressure, which had also become very low during the flight, has now been maintained at around 100 after extensive medication. "She is also constantly being administered antibiotics to control the fast-spreading infection," the source added.
Her cardiac function, believed to be the trigger for her neurological problems, continues to be a concern. "Her ejection fraction — the volume of blood pumped by the heart in one cardiac cycle — is way below the optimum," the source added.