The 23-year-old gang-rape victim, who has been battling for life for the past 10 days at Safdarjung Hospital, was on Wednesday night shifted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore for further specialised treatment.
Sources said the victim, who was on ventilator support since she was admitted to the hospital on December 16 after she was gang-raped in a moving bus here, was being taken in a special chartered plane. Two doctors are also travelling with her.
“She had suffered severe intestinal injury. She was provided the best available medical treatment and was operated three times. Her condition continues to be critical. She was very strong and responded quickly to medicines. The Government of India has decided after a meeting with doctors to shift her to a super specialty hospital with minimum travelling time and by an air ambulance she was flown out to Singapore and will be admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital there,” said Dr B D Athani, Assistant Director General of Safdarjung Hospital. The hospital has seen various Indian celebrities getting admitted including Rajinikanth and Amar Singh.
Official sources said passport and Singapore visa for the young woman and some of her family members who will accompany her in the air ambulance was handed over to her on Wednesday night.
The sources said the Indian High Commission in Singapore has been asked to render all assistance for the victim. They said it was the decision of the doctors attending on her to shift her abroad.
Earlier, she showed mixed response to medication, hospital officials said. While her platelet count and internal bleeding were normal, the pulse rate fell significantly prompting doctors to bring in specialists to examine her. A health bulletin on her condition was postponed twice during the day after protestors tried to sneak into the hospital.