Aruna Shanbaug, rape survivor nurse of KEM Hospital, put on ventilator

Aruna, who is in coma, suffered shortage of breath three days ago and has been put on a ventilator.

| Mumbai | Updated: May 16, 2015 2:08 am
Virani had narrated the story of the ailing nurse in her 1998 non-fiction book called 'Aruna's Story' Virani had narrated the story of the ailing nurse in her 1998 non-fiction book called ‘Aruna’s Story’

Aruna Shanbaug, former KEM Hospital nurse and rape survivor, who has been in a vegetative state for the past 42 years, has been put on ventilator after her condition became critical after she contracted pneumonia.

Dr Avinash Sure,  dean of BMC-run KEM hospital said, “She was diagnosed with pneumonia three days ago. We have put her on ventilator support. But she is stable now.” The 67-year-old former nurse is now recuperating in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at the hospital.

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In December 2013, Shanbaug was admitted to the hospital’s MICU for the same reason, lung infection, and her condition was critical for almost a week. After her health improved she was shifted back to her room where hospital nurses have been taking care of her ever since the brutal attack on her in 1973.

Shanbaug was brutally assaulted by sweeper Sohanlal Bartha Valmiki on the night of November 27, 1973.


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  1. A
    May 15, 2015 at 11:13 pm
    Indian laws can not help victim. Even survivors receives wrost experiences..
    1. Francis Anthony
      May 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm
      Very heart rending! Honestly, I totally forgot about this incidence! I grim reminder that such brutal and inhuman atude of some men have existed four decades ago, and is still flourishing shamelessly! It is the lenient atude of the law and order to be blamed! There is no proper deterrent for these crimes!
      1. G
        May 16, 2015 at 1:40 am
        It would be interesting to find out what punishment the perpetrator received for such a heinous crime? Given how lax our courts are towards criminals, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if we went on to live a normal and free life.
        1. A
          May 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm
          Aruna's story is devastating, heartbreaking...A life has been cruelly destro with a lifetime of suffering. The animal who committed this heinous crime would go behind the bar for probably 36 yrs without parole & 24 strokes up his backside in a place like Singapore! It will be interesting note what punishment was handed down as deterrent.
          1. S
            shailesh seth
            May 16, 2015 at 12:26 am
            I agree
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