Former colleagues of Aruna Shanbaug observed her first death anniversary yesterday and took resolve to keep up their mission of nursing everyone. Shanbaug was a nurse with the King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital and was raped in 1973 by a ward boy.
“We will be getting R5 lakh from Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe’s legislator fund and with this amount, we plan to start a library named after Aruna and also improve the gymnasium in the KEM hospital,” hospital Dean Dr Avinash Supe said.
Aruna died at the age of 68 on May 18 last year at KEM hospital, after being comatose for 42 years. She was suffering from pneumonia and was on ventilator support.
Pinky Virani, who authored ‘Aruna’s Story’, had petitioned the Supreme Court to stop force-feeding of Aruna, to “allow her to die with dignity”.
In 2011, the apex court rejected Virani’s petition but said life support could be legally removed for some terminally ill patients, in a ruling that allowed passive euthanasia for the first time.