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Girl’s condition worsens

Singapore, Dec. 28 (Agencies): The condition of the 23-year-old gang rape victim has deteriorated and there are signs her vital organs have failed, the Singapore hospital treating her said this evening.

“As of 9pm Singapore time on December 28 (6.30pm IST), the patient’s condition has taken a turn for the worse. Her vital signs are deteriorating with signs of severe organ failure,” Mount Elizabeth Hospital chief executive officer Kelvin Loh said in a statement.

“This is despite doctors fighting for her life including putting her on maximum artificial ventilation support, optimal antibiotic doses as well as stimulants which maximise her body’s capability to fight infections.”

The CEO further said: “Her family members have been informed that her condition has deteriorated and they are currently by her side to encourage and comfort her.”

The trainee paramedic, who was severely beaten, raped for almost an hour and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16, was flown to Singapore on Wednesday night.

The Singapore hospital said earlier today the young woman had suffered “significant brain injury” and was surviving against the odds.

“The patient is currently struggling against the odds, and fighting for her life,” CEO Loh said. “Our medical team’s investigations upon her arrival at the hospital yesterday showed that in addition to her prior cardiac arrest, she also had infection of her lungs and abdomen as well as significant brain injury.”

The victim had already undergone three abdominal operations at the government-run Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi before being taken to Singapore.