Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug, a former nurse of Mumbai’s Kings Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital who was in a coma for 42 years died from pneumonia on 18 May 2015.
The story of her life was not so easy, in her early age of 25 , on November 27, 1973, Shanbaug who worked as a junior nurse at the Kings Edward Memorial hospital, was brutally assaulted and raped by a wardboy-cum-sweeper of the hospital, Sohanlal Bharta Valmiki, after chocking her with a dog chain. The brutal assault cut off blood and oxygen supply to key parts of her brain. Since then Ms. Shanbaug had been in a vegetative state at the KEM hospital.
To keep her alive she was fed through nose. The hospital nurses tried their best to attend to every need of Ms.Shanbaug and provide her the best treatment. They had also vehemently fought for her right to live after a euthanasia plea was filed in Supreme Court of India.
Doctors at KEM Hospital said that she had been fighting pneumonia for the last six days. She was taken to the medical intensive care unit (MICU) of the Parel hospital after she developed breathing difficulty.
Anuradha Padhare was amongst the nurses who looked after Ms.Shanbaug, said “It is good she died a natural death. We were always against mercy killing,” . It was the love and care, of the nurses and staff in KEM Hospital that kept Aruna Shanbaug alive for so many years.
“The demise of Aruna Shanbaug is a jolt for any sensitive mind. It is ironical and a cruel turn of fate that someone who dreamed of dedicating her life to medical care as a nurse should remain bed-ridden. She continue to fight Destiny bravely and her struggle will remain immortal,” State Congress Chief and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said in a condolence message.
The randominks team offer deepest condolences on the sad demise of Aruna Shanbaug. May her soul rest in eternal peace.