NEW DELHI: Roshni Gupta, the 22-year-old student from Jawaharlal Nehru University here who was brutally attacked by her class fellow and is undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit at Safdarjung Hospital, may never speak again, doctors treating her fear.
Roshni, who comes from Muzzafarpur in Bihar and is a student of Korean at the JNU’s department of languages, was attacked by fellow classmate Akash(23) with an axe over what he said in his suicide not was `spurned love’.
Akash, who tried to commit suicide by slitting his throat and consuming poison, died later in hospital.
Roshni, who was taken off ventilator on Thursday in the ICU, might have suffered permanent damage to her brain’s critical areas, including the one that controls speech function, says doctors. She is said to have suffered major fractures to the frontal and parietal regions of her brain.
The doctors say though she is responding to verbal instructions, “she will probably never speak again.” They say any major damage to the frontal portion of the brain impairs muscle movement which is necessary for speech.
“We are yet to ascertain the full extent of her brain damage, but she may not be able to speak again… that seems quite likely at the moment,” one of the doctors treating her was quoted as saying.
She underwent two brain surgeries in quick succession after her admission to the ICU on Wednesday. Apart from damage to her brain, Roshni has also suffered fractures in her wrist and arm.
The assailant carried a country-made pistol and a knife with him, apart from the axe he used to hit Rashmi. But he could not use the pistol as it got jammed.