New Delhi: The battered two-year-old baby Falak, who is battling for life at AIIMS, has been put off the ventilator after it was found she could breathe on her own, doctors at the hospital on Friday said.

 The infection level in her body has come down with no infection present in the blood or in the chest, neurosurgeon Deepak Agarwal, who has been attending on her, said.

"Culture reports of samples from the blood and chest show no infection at all. But infection in her brain continues to stay. That is why she is still critical but stable. Once the infection in the brain subsides we can decide the next surgery to be conducted on her," Dr Agarwal said.

Falak was admitted in a battered state at the AIIMS Trauma Centre here 24 days ago on January 18 with severe head injury, both her arms broken, bite marks all over her body and her cheeks branded with hot iron.

She underwent a life saving surgery of the brain immediately after her admission here. Later on, this was followed by two more surgeries. Doctors even conducted a tracheostomy on her.

"With marginally less infection it is clear that she is responding well to medication being administered to her. Till the brain infection goes, she will stay critical," Dr Agarwal said.

However, doctors are concerned as Falak remains in an unconscious state.

"It is over three weeks that she has been lying unconscious. This is not a good sign," he cautioned.

The forensic department has conducted a DNA test to help determine her paternity.

(Agencies)