New Delhi, Dec 27 : The 23-year-old grievously injured gangrape victim was late Wednesday night flown out of India for treatment in Singapore, doctors said.
The woman, who was brutally raped Dec 16, was shifted out of Safdarjung Hospital and flown in an air ambulance to Singapore's Mt Elizabeth hospital which is renowned for organ transplants, B.D. Athani, the medical superintendent of Safdarjang Hospital, told reporters.
The decision was taken after her condition deteriorated, sources said. Her parents are also accompanying her.
The young woman, who was admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital on Dec 16, was operated upon thrice and had to have her small intestine removed due to extensive injuries following the brutal torture by the five men and a juvenile who raped her in a moving bus.
Athani praised the woman's "fortitude and courage".
The decision to shift her was taken on doctors advice. The government made all the arrangements to shift her in a state-of-the-art air ambulance.
The woman's pulse rate had reportedly dropped alarmingly Tuesday night
Athani said the young woman was being treated "by some of the best doctors of Safdarjang and AIIMS". She suffered "severe injuries in her intestines and abdomen" and "based on the advice of doctors the government made arrangements for her to be sent in a specially equipped air ambulance abroad".
He said that arrangements had been made with Mt Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore "which has state-of-the-art organ transplant facilities".
He said the treatment would be long and that is why her family has also been sent with her.
Southern superstar Rajnikanth and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh had been treated in the premier Singapore hospital.
As the ambulance was leaving Safdarjung Hospital, some people tried to block the road and shouted slogans against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. They were quickly dispersed.