Aruna Shanbaug continues to be under close observation at civic-run KEM hospital’s medical intensive care unit (MICU) for the fourth day after she was diagnosed with pneumonia infection earlier this week.
The KEM nurse has been in a vegetative state for the last 42 years at the hospital’s special room sanctioned for her under the care of the staff nurses near Ward No 4 on ground floor.
Last year, she had contracted another bout of pneumonia following which she was admitted to the ICU facility.
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Dr Avinash Supe, hospital’s dean, said, “She is critical but stable. Her condition has improved slightly after ICU admission. A team of doctors is looking after her.”
According to him, she contracted the infection earlier this week and a series of tests were conducted on her. Currently, she being fed through tubes, the doctor added.
The former 67-year-old KEM nurse was sexually assaulted by the hospital’s ward boy in 1973 when she was a junior nurse. Following the rape, she entered a state of coma and has been in a vegetative state since then. She has been give a separate room from other patients and receives free care from the hospital staff since 1973.