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article imageDelhi gang rape victim off ventilator, shows fighting spirit

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 22, 2012 in World
Delhi - The 23-year-old medical student who was subjected to a horrific gang-rape on a Delhi city bus is still in a critical condition. She has been removed from the ventilator and shown fighting spirit, but is unaware she will never eat or drink again.
Doctors at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital removed the rape victim from the ventilator, but she has shown signs of infection and sepsis. She is conscious and has been able to give a written statement to doctors giving explicit details of the assault.
India Today reported Dr B. D. Athani, medical superintendent of the hospital, told media the young woman was assaulted in an unnatural manner causing severe gastrointestinal injuries. The doctor said: "Generally in rape cases, victims sustain injuries in reproductive parts but her reproductive structures like uterus, ovaries and upper vagina are normal. The assaulters inserted the rod in her intestinal tract directly, totally damaging the opening of the digestive tract, pelvis, sigmoid colon, and peritoneum (membrane forming lining of the abdominal cavity)."
According to Emirates 247 doctors had to remove her entire intestine to prevent gangrene setting in. This will prevent the victim ever eating or drinking again, though she remains unaware of this at this time. However, she has been offered a free intestinal transplant by the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Doctors have been amazed at the fighting spirit the girl has shown.
The violent gang-rape and vicious assault of the young woman's male companion have led to protests in India where a furious public has called for the death sentence to be applied to rapists. Five of the rapists have thus far been apprehended by police.
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