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Delhi gangrape: Girl still not out of danger, say doctors

December 24, 2012 19:09 IST

The health of the 23-year-old gangrape victim deteriorated on Monday after she showed tendencies of internal bleeding, with doctors calling her condition 'very serious and very critical' but psychologically fit.

Doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital, where she was rushed to after being gangraped and physically assaulted on December 16, said her condition is 'not as good as Sunday' though her vital parameters are normal, thanks to the supplementation provided.

"She showed some tendency for internal bleeding on Sunday night. In simple terms, she has reduced capacity for coagulation (the process by which blood forms clots)... She is not as good as Sunday. She continues to be on ventilator support," said Medical Superintendent Dr B D Athani.

He said the bilirubin level has come down to 5.5 from Sunday's 6.3 and the platelet count has increased to 70,000 from19,000. A normal platelet count in a healthy individual is between 150,000 and 450,000 per micro litres of blood.

Doctors said the bleeding was because of sepsis, a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure, which still remain a cause of 'major concern' as far as the girl's health is concerned.

Athani said they have not made an effort to put the girl off ventilator because of her condition and noted that she was running fever of 102 degrees to 104 degrees.

The girl was subjected to psychiatric counselling on Sunday morning along with her parents. Dr Rastogi of the Psychology Department said despite her fragile body condition, the girl is 'relatively composed'.

"She has not shown any anxiety or depression," he said. P K Verma, ICU in-charge at the Safdarjung Hospital, said she is 'very serious, very critical' and still 'not out of danger'.

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