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.