City girl hit by stray bullets battles for life

Class VIII student loses a kidney

City girl hit by stray bullets battles for life

Nihal Singh's is a shattered family: His 12-year-old daughter Suman has lost her kidney after a bullet struck her as a group of men opened fire on Monday night in the Jheel Khuranja main market in east Delhi.

Four people were injured when men drinking outside a shop fired after an altercation with a waiter.

Suman’s kin are worried about her future now, apprehending that she will not be able to lead a normal life.

The class VIII student has big dreams: She wants to become a doctor and treat the poor for free.

Suman was preparing for her English class test around 11 pm on Monday when she heard people screaming in the street, said her mother Sangeeta.

She said Suman rushed outside and joined a group at the exit of the lane watching the fight between two groups in front of a property shop across the road.

In the ensuing firing, a bullet hit her in the abdomen and another struck her palm, said Sangeeta.

“Suman fell on the ground, and it was after a while that someone noticed what had happened. She was then taken to her house on the first floor of the building, where her aunt tried to stop the bleeding by tying her dupatta on the wound,” said her uncle Sonu.
Barely able to speak, “She said to me the pain was unbearable, and then closed her eyes and fell unconscious,” said Sangeeta.

The girl was first taken to Dr Hedgewar Hospital but refused admission there, with the staff saying it was a police case.

Her family had to wait for an hour there before she was asked to go to another hospital.
She is now battling for life at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.

Doctors said one of her kidneys had to be removed as it had been punctured by a bullet.

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