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Delhi gangrape survivor had bouts of vomiting on Sunday, still on ventilator: doctors

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Dec 24, 2012 at 12:21pm IST

New Delhi: While the country continues to fight for justice for the Delhi gangrape survivor, the 23-year-old medical student continues to be on a ventilator. Doctors on Monday said that the survivor had bouts of vomiting on Sunday night.

On Sunday, the doctors said that the girl continued to be serious and is not out of danger although doctors say she is stable, conscious and been communicating with them and her family members. The girl underwent another operation on Sunday afternoon after she complained of pain in the abdomen and respiratory distress, said Dr BD Athani, Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital.

Dr Athani said that a procedure was carried out for an abdominal wash on the victim. Her bilirubin level had increased to 6.3 and the platelet count, which has been fluctuating wildly, went down at 19,000. Her bilirubin level also remains a cause for concern.

Dr MC Misra, chief, AIIMS trauma centre, who is assisting the doctors treating the survivor said, "There was a abdominal wash that was carried out as there was some fluid collection inside the abdomen. Surgical option had to be used as high dosage of antibiotics didn't help. There are chances of bleeding which is scarce. We can't call her out of danger out."

She is still serious and is back on ventilator support. The doctors also said that she is being made to sit up, take deep breaths and undergoing physiotherapy.

The survivor had been given some juice on Saturday evening and had been taken off the ventilator for over 36 hours. The doctors also tried to take her off the bed and make her take a few steps. Doctors say the young paramedic student was made to get up from her bed and take a few steps. Doctors say they would continue with the exercise.

However, there is still some time before she actually starts walking on her own. Doctors had also said they are keeping the patient on high doses of antibiotics and high standards of hygiene - two important factors for preventing infection.

Doctors from the hospital's psychology department had on Saturday cleared the victim's psychological health by saying she is "very composed and responding well to their questions". They had said the survivor, who was beaten by iron rods and then raped by half-a-dozen men in a moving bus, was "extraordinarily stable" and "optimistic about her future". The doctors had also lauded the victim and said she didn't show any signs of being sad.

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