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SINGAPORE: The condition of the 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim remains "extremely critical", a day after she was admitted at the super speciality Mount Elizabeth Hospital here.

Hospital officials said on Friday that the girl's condition was the same as Thursday night.

Hospital chief executive officer Dr Kelvin Loh had said in a statement on Thursday night that "the patient remains in an extremely critical condition. She is under treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital's intensive care unit."

"Prior to her arrival, she has already undergone three abdominal surgeries, and experienced a cardiac arrest in India," said Dr Loh. "A multi-disciplinary team of specialists is taking care of her and doing everything possible to stabilise her condition."

The security was tightened at the hospital, favoured by well-heeled patients, with each visitor screened before being allowed into the ICU.

Meanwhile, The Straits Times today reported that the family of the girl, who is battling for life after being gang-raped in a moving bus in New Delhi 12 days ago, is shell-shocked, but thankful.

"The father said he is reassured that the best is being done for his daughter, and the rest lies in the hands of God," it said citing a source who had met the girl's father and her two brothers.

The father, who is in the late 40s, repeatedly expressed his gratitude to the Indian government and Singapore for facilitating the travel and treatment.

"Aside from the trauma of the rape, they [the family] have to get used to the idea that they are now in a foreign land," the daily quoted the source as saying.

"These are simple, rustic people who have never dreamt of boarding an aircraft, much less travel to a foreign country in an air ambulance," the source was quoted as saying.

The family members do not speak English and rely on interpreters to communicate with hospital staff.

The High Commission of India has assigned a liaison officer with the family on 24 hour basis.

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