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KEM hospital nurse, Aruna Shanbaug continues to be in critical condition

Aruna, who had been in a vegetative state for the last 42 years since her rape in KEM hospital in 1973, continues to be in the ICU.

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Aruna, who had been in a vegetative state for the last 42 years since her rape in KEM hospital in 1973, continues to be in the ICU. (Photo: Express Archives)

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.”

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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.