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Victim loses most of intestine

New Delhi, Dec. 19 (PTI): The gang-raped paramedical student today underwent a fifth surgery and “continues to be critical but stable”, doctors said.

Doctors at Safdarjung hospital did an elective abdominal surgery that included removal of the gangrenous parts of her small intestine and a duodenostomy (surgical formation of a permanent opening into the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine). They said she has lost most of her intestine.

“This was a planned surgery and at this juncture she is responding to treatment fairly well, she is stable but she continues to be critical,” Dr B.D. Athani, medical superintendent of the hospital, said.

Although the woman remains on ventilatory support, her blood pressure, pulse rate and urine output are within normal range. “We have to wait and watch. We will observe her stability for the next few hours,” a doctor said.

She was “quite alert” before going for surgery at 10am and spoke to her mother and brother, doctors said. “But her father didn’t go inside,” a doctor said.

Athani said after the surgery she was “not communicating nor are we are trying to communicate” as she was recovering from anaesthesia.

“Her abdomen has been cleaned and it has been closed today. Because most of the intestine, almost all portions I would say, because of the initial loss and subsequent gangrene, is not existent,” he said.

The doctors said the duodenum had been brought out and a tube put in to drain secretions. She is being fed and administered antibiotics intravenously.

“We hope she doesn’t develop any complications,” Athani said.