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'No medical reason to shift Delhi gangrape survivor'

Dec 28, 2012 04:59 PM IST India India

New Delhi: As the young paramedic student battles for her life at a hospital in Singapore, where she was airlifted on Wednesday night, doubts have been raised as to why the gangrape survivor was shifted there for treatment.

"There must be a lot of considerations as to why she was moved - political, social, emotional - but medically, I think it is sad that we send people like her to other countries when there are facilities here. Shifting such a dangerously ill patient was incorrect," Samiran Nundy, a doctor at Delhi's Ganga Ram Hospital said. "If she was my patient, I would not have shifted her," Dr Nundy added.

The survivor, who continues to be extremely critical at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital, was airlifted on Wednesday night in a sudden move, along with a team of doctors and her family members. Apart from massive abdominal injuries, she also suffering from major brain injuries.

Asked whether airlifting a patient who is susceptible to a lot of infection was a good move, Dr Nundy said, "I don't think the infection was the problem. Mainly, the blood pressure and the oxygen going into the blood would have been the main problem."

The 23-year-old woman was brutally beaten with iron rods and then raped by half-a-dozen men in a moving bus on December 16. She has been battling with a host of internal injuries and doctors at Safdarjung Hospital, where she had been getting treatment before she was moved to Singapore, had performed three complex surgeries on her, including the one where they removed her gangrenous intestines.