Gang-rape victim critical but improving: Doctors

Syndicated from IANS | Published on Tue, Dec 25 2012 17:42 IST | 10 Views | Add comment

Battling for survival for over a week, the 23-year-old gang-rape victim continues to be critical and remains on ventilator support but is responding to treatment, doctors said Monday.

"Her condition is still critical. She is on partial ventilator support, but better compared to yesterday (Monday) as her internal bleeding has significantly reduced," P.K. Verma, ICU in-charge at the Safdarjung Hospital, told reporters.

According to doctors, her blood platelet count has increased to 81,000 from Monday's 70,000. A normal platelet count in a healthy individual is between 150,000 and 450,000 per micro-litre of blood.

"We are pumping in lots of platelets... the real improvement will be when the body starts recovering on its own," Verma said.

He also said her haemoglobin levels are up.

Doctors also said she was subjected to psychiatric counselling Tuesday.

"The girl is psychologically stable, and her fighting spirit is still on. She is hopeful of a good future and needs emotional strength," R.Rastogi, the psychiatrist said, adding that special counselling was also being given to the victim's parents.

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