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Delhi rape victim extremely critical: Singapore hospital

Last updated on: December 27, 2012 21:52 IST

The 23-year-old gang-rape victim is in "extremely critical" condition said top officials at the Singapore hospital on Thursday evening. The girl was admitted early on Thursday after being flown out from Delhi on an air ambulance.

"A multi-disciplinary team of specialists is taking care of her and doing everything possible to stabilise her condition,' said a statement by Dr Kelvin Loh, the CEO of Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

On December 16, she was gang-raped on a moving bus by six men who also hit her so severely with an iron rod that large parts of her intestines were removed in the 10 days she spent in a state-run hospital in Delhi.

With doctors at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore taking over the treatment of the victim, the medical team which had accompanied her will return on Friday.

Sources said that the team of Indian doctors who had accompanied the patient to Singapore late on Wednesday night in an air ambulance have handed her over to the hospital.

Besides a few doctors from Medanta MediCity Hospital in Gurgaon, the head of the Intensive Care Unit of Safdarjung Hospital P K Verma had accompanied the girl to Singapore.

The sources said the government is also in touch with the Indian embassy in Singapore which was constantly monitoring the girl's medical condition. Doctors are also in touch with some top medical institutes of the world, which are specialists in organ transplantation.

The government would bear the medical expenses of the girl while under treatment abroad.

Doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital where she was treated for the past ten days said they gave here the best of the treatment available.

"We were asked whether the girl would be fit to undergo a six-hour journey. After assessing her medical condition, we said she can withstand the journey," a senior doctor said.

He also suggested that the doctors were just asked to make an assessment whether the girl can be shifted to a hospital abroad for specialised treatment.

The team of doctors, which was attending on the girl then, made an assessment of her condition and even sought the assistance of their counterparts from a private hospital.

With inputs from PTI