Gang-rape victim's condition has improved: Doctors

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim has shown "improvement" and is "psychologically totally balanced", but the danger of infection spreading in her body continues, doctors said Saturday.

"Her WBC (white blood cell) count has improved but platelet is lower than yesterday (Friday). Platelet rich plasma was administered to her today (Saturday) and infection chances continue to exists," B.D. Athani, medical superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital, told reporters here.

"She has improved and is very alert compared to yesterday (Friday). She is active and communicating. She asked for water this morning. Her all parameters are optimum except reduction in platelet count," said another doctor, part of a multi-discipline medical team treating her.

Athani said since she was admitted to the hospital for the first time Saturday, a team of psychologists assessed her condition.

"Today, our psychiatry department team led by Dr. Kuldip Kumar and Dr. Abhliasha Yadav did preliminary psychology profile/assessment of the victim," he said.

Explaining about her state, Kumar said: "We followed a sensitive approach to talk to her and preliminary investigations show she is psychologically composed."

"She is responding well but it is too early to say anything. She is psychologically extraordinary stable, optimistic and hopes of having a good future," said Kumar, a senior psychiatrist.

"She is very brave and positive and optimistic about her future. Her biological functions are normal and psychologically. She is totally balanced and composed," said Yadav, the other psychiatrist who assessed her Saturday.