The 23-year-old girl gangraped on a bus in south Delhi was brutalised so badly that she had only 5% of her intestine left inside her when she was brought to hospital on Sunday night.
On Wednesday, doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital removed the remaining 15 inches of intestine in a bid to stop an infection spreading.
The girl is in a critical condition and faces the prospect of never being able to eat a meal in her life if she survives.
But doctors said she was fighting on, and her brother told HT that she had written, “Mother, I want to live,” on a piece of paper.
As outrage continued to build across the nation, he added: “We want the culprits to be hanged as early as possible.”
A doctor in the hospital said that it appeared that the girl had been violated with a metal rod.
“It appears to be that a rod was inserted into her and it was pulled out with so much force that the act brought out her intestines along. That is probably the only thing that explains such severe damage to her intestines,” he said.
According to sources, one of the accused persons who were brought to the hospital for a medical examination on Tuesday confessed to having seen a rope-like object — likely her intestines — being pulled out of the girl by the other assailants on the bus. The sources said that the girl had bite marks on her body.