The Straits Times
Published on Dec 29, 2012

Mt Elizabeth Hospital mourns death of Indian gang-rape victim


A team of eight specialists in Mt Elizabeth Hospital had tended to the gang-rape victim from India but despite their efforts, her condition deteriorated over the past two days, the hospital said early on Saturday morning.

"She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome," said the hospital's chief executive Dr Kelvin Loh.

"We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4.45am on Dec 29, 2012 (Singapore time)."

He said the 23-year-old woman's family and officials from the High Commission of India were by her side.

"The Mount Elizabeth Hospital team of doctors, nurses and staff join her family in mourning her loss."

He added: "We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle. We acknowledge the faith the Indian Government and the patient's family have placed with us to ensure the best care possible was indeed provided to her at Mount Elizabeth Hospital. We share their huge sadness at her passing and will work with the High Commission of India to provide the family support in this time of grief."

He said the woman had remained in an extremely critical condition since admission to the hospital on Thursday morning, and despite the efforts of the team of eight specialists to to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days.