Tribal activist Soni Sori, who has been admitted in the ICU of Apollo Hospital, is recuperating from chemical burns. According to doctors, there is no imminent threat to her vision, and she may not need any surgery for now.
Sources said Sori was admitted in the ICU on February 21, a day after she was attacked near Bastanar in Chhattisgarh, to prevent any infection. “The risk of infection is very high in burns cases. She has suffered burns in the lower part of her face, and as a reaction to the chemical which was flung at her, there is severe swelling in her eyes,” a source said.
Sources said Sori is being closely monitored to prevent any infection on her facial burns. They said the chemical has not been identified since Sori’s face had been washed several times after the attack. “There are no traces of the chemical. But what she has suffered are chemical burns, it is difficult to ascertain its nature without forensic analysis,” a source said.
Sources said opthalmologists had been worried because Sori was unable to open her eyes initially. “She has suffered edema or swelling in the conjunctiva or the inner layer of the eyelids and the white surface of the eye. There is also swelling in her orbital region or the area around the eye. Due to this she has been unable to open one of her eyes and there was worry about her vision. But there does not seem to be any compromise in her eyesight till now,” a source said.
Sources said so far no corrective surgery has been decided on her facial burns.