Mumbai: Aruna Shanbaug is stable, says KEM Hospital Dean

KEM Dean douses rumours that the condition of former nurse, who has been in vegetative state since 1973, was deteriorating

Aruna Shanbaug, who has been in a vegetative state for almost 42 years at KEM hospital, has recently been shifted to the MICU ward of the hospital after she was diagnosed with pneumonia and is currently kept on ventilator support.

Neelam Gorhe, Shiv Sena spokesperson and member of the legislative council, visits KEM Hospital to check on Aruna Shanbag’s health. PIC / PRADEEP DHIVAR
Neelam Gorhe, Shiv Sena spokesperson and member of the legislative council, visits KEM Hospital to check on Aruna Shanbag’s health. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

“Her condition is stable,” said KEM Dean Dr Avinash Supe after rumours of Aruna’s health detoriating made it to social networking sites.

Shanbaug, a former nurse at KEM hospital who was brutally raped by a ward boy on November 27, 1973, has been in a vegetative state since the incident. In 2013 too, she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

In 2010, activist-journalist Pinky Virani submitted a plea to end Shanbaug’s life through euthanasia. It was turned down after the hospital staff protested the move.

Neelam Gore, Shiv Sena spokesperson, who had visited Shanbaug on Saturday said: “She is well taken care of. I have suggested that a logbook be kept outside the Dean's office for people to be able to write their views and suggestions.

Please do not believe in rumours. I suggest that the hospital should also issue a bulletin so that such rumours don’t surface”.

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