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Braveheart shifted as Safdarjung lacked facilities: Medanta doctor

Dec 29, 2012 07:02 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Dr Yatin Mehta, Chairman of the Medanta Institute of Critical Care and Anaesthesiology, who accompanied the Delhi braveheart to Singapore, said that she had to be shifted from the Safdarjung Hospital as her treatment required super specialty facilities and infrastructure which were lacking at the Delhi hospital. Dr Mehta said that the braveheart's brain injury was detected at Mouth Elizabeth Hospital of Singapore. The braveheart, who breathed her last at 2:15 am on December 29, was undergoing treatment at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital before being airlifted to Singapore.

While some doubts have been raised as to why the girl, who was in an extremely critical condition, had to be shifted to Singapore from Delhi, Dr Mehta claimed that Safdarjung Hospital did not have the super speciality facilities and infrastructure to give the best treatment to the 23-year-old paramedical student. "She was a very sick patient but not that sick that she could not be transferred to Singapore on a six hour journey. There was no CT scan of the head done at Safdarjung hospital. Once she reached Mount Elizabeth Hospital, a full body scam was done and the brain injury was detected," said Dr Mehta.

Dr Mehta claimed that it was wrong to say that she should not have been transferred. "There is no comparison in the government hospital in India and a private hospital in Singapore. I am talking about infrastructure facility and medical expertise at Safdarjung," said Dr Mehta.

"She was on mechanical ventilator when she was taken to the Singapore hospital. The brand of antibiotics changed at Singapore and not the line of treatment. An organ transplant at this stage was out of question. It was not a near future thing," added Dr Mehta.

She had undergone multiple surgeries at Safdarjung Hospital and the small intestine, which normally is over 23 feet long, had to be surgically removed as it had turned gangrenous as a result of the brutally gangrape and assaulted by six men inside a bus.

The men had brutalised the girl on December 16. All the accused have been arrested and charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Police have already invoked the stringent charges of attempt to murder and destruction of evidence against the accused. Investigators had earlier pressed charges against them under sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of IPC.

Now with the death of the braveheart, the police may charge the accused with murder too and tell the court to treat it as the rarest of rare case. While one of the accused is a minor, the others are Ram Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh and Akshay Singh alias Thakur.

Safdarjung Hospital tried to do its best.