New Delhi:  The battered two-year-old baby, who is battling for life at AIIMS, has again been put on ventilatory support after doctors found that she could not breathe on her own.

Admitted in the ICU of AIIMS Trauma Centre on January 18, doctors put her back on the ventilator last night after putting her off it for a few hours in the evening.

"It is over three weeks that she has been on ventilator support which is not a good sign. We do not want her to get used to it. That is why when not needed and she can breathe on her own, we put her off the ventilator. Even if meant for a few hours. This on and off the ventilator will continue till she is completely off it," neurosurgeon Deepak Agarwal, who has been attending on her, said.

However, he maintained that her condition is still 'critical but stable'.

The infection level in her body has come down with no infection present in the blood or in the chest, he 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.

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

(Agencies)