No need to shift Pipli gang rape victim: AIIMS doctor

Cuttack: After examining the Pipli rape victim at SCB medical college and hospital here, a senior AIIMS doctor today said there was no need to shift her elsewhere at this stage. Manjari Tripathy said the treatment at Cuttack hospital was at par with the New Delhi hospital. She, however, suggested that the duration of physiotherapy should be enhanced and the music therapy should continue.

As per the direction of Odisha High Court and a requisition from the doctors on duty, Tripathy along with her team came here to examine the victim who is in coma ever since she was allegedly gang raped in November last year. The 19-year-old girl underwent am examination for nearly two hours. The girl has been undergoing treatment in the ICU of the hospital since January 13 this year following intervention of the HC. "The patient is suffering from hypoxic damage to brain and recovery, if occurs, shall take a long time and she does not need any surgical intervention now," Tripathy said. She also maintained that the complaints of bedsores to patient are fairly normal in such conditions and these could be avoided by nursing care alone. "I am sure the nursing care facility here is up to the standard and the patient need not be shifted from here to any other facility," she said.

The Odisha High Court while directing the SCB hospital doctors to provide better treatment facility to the victim had asked them to ensure that she does not suffer from bedsores and accordingly suggested that a trained matron and nurse be deputed for the patient. Denying the recent media reports that the patient has developed bedsores, hospital emergency officer B N Maharana said the patient had already developed bedsores in her scalp and back before she was admitted to the hospital. "However, due to better care in the hospital, the existing bedsores are healing gradually," Maharana said.