Mumbai, May 18: Aruna Shanbaug, the former nurse at KEM Hospital, who was brutally sexually assaulted by a ward boy at the facility 42 years ago and had been lying in a vegetative state ever since, passed away on Monday, May 18.
The 66-year-old was battling a serious bout of pneumonia and was on ventilator support, King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital. She was in the medical ICU of the hospital located in Parel area of Mumbai. [After suffering for 42 years, Mumbai nurse Aruna Shanbaug passes away]
Shanbaug was rushed out of the tiny room attached to ward number 4 that had been her home for four decades on Tuesday, after nurses attending to her saw she had difficulty in breathing. [Aruna Shanbaug's 42-year ordeal comes to an end: All you need to know]
She was taken to the medical ICU and started on antibiotics. Shanbaug was diagnosed with the lung infection after a series of diagnostic tests. She was fed through tubes.
Here are some Twitter reactions:
RIP Aruna Shanbaug. May you get the peace and life you deserved in heaven. I will remember you as a brave young lady. Goodbye.— Black collar job (@ShreyasRishabh) May 18, 2015
Dear Aruna ShanbaugI feel more sorry 4 the Nation, which couldn't get U justice in 40yrs but makes U Top Trend upon yr passing. FOR A DAY— African हिन्दुस्तानी (@Tosh_Tiwari) May 18, 2015
RIP Aruna Shanbaug. Hope u r in a better world than this. This world never deserved you.— Shadow Warrior (@ShadowWarrior06) May 18, 2015
Healthy people will never understand the pain of being trapped in your own body. Humanity was to let Aruna Shanbaug go 42 years ago.— MeghaSharma (@crazyabtsrk) May 18, 2015
Aruna Shanbaug RIP..... 42 yrs on ventilator.The Rapist got only 7 yrs jail and is free living somewhere.#GodWhereIsYourJustice— Alka Sahu (@AggaAlka) May 18, 2015
RIP Aruna Shanbaug..Extremely saddened,pray that you get a great, wonderful life again. https://t.co/6yXIcLnYdi— Sudipta Basu (@sud_basu) May 18, 2015
KEM Hospital and their staff are examples of Selfless Service. Took care of Aruna Shanbaug even though her family had abandoned her— Joy (@Joydas) May 18, 2015
A long struggle for life of Aruna Shanbaug has come to an end... She leaves for a better world! May her soul rest in peace!— बिनलाईन Hemant (@hemantdhome21) May 18, 2015
Aruna Shanbaug R.I.P. lady.. 🌹The world will remember your story.— Ruchika (@LeKohlEyedGirl) May 18, 2015
Aruna Shanbaug's case did nothing to change the working conditions of women in hospitals especially at night-even now women including Docs+— Mrs Shrini (@bezubaan) May 18, 2015
On November 27, 1973, while working as a junior nurse at KEM Hospital, she was sexually assaulted by a ward boy, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki. He had also strangled her with a dog chain, cutting off oxygen supply to her brain. She was in a vegetative state since the assault.