Aruna, 66, who passed away on Monday, had become the face of a debate on euthanasia in India. The Supreme Court had, on a petition seeking mercy killing for Aruna, allowed 'passive euthanasia' wherein life support to a patient in permanently vegetative state could be withdrawn.

Despite the court's verdict, the nurses had decided to carry on with their epic fight. The nurses, who took care of Aruna, sponge-bathing and feeding her, and ensuring she got not a single bed sore through the 42-year ordeal, have broached the idea of converting the room into a memorial with the hospital authorities.

"Yes, it is true that some nurses wish that there be a memorial for Aruna. For the time being, we have kept her photo in the room. However, no final decision has been taken on the 'memorial' idea," KEM dean Dr Avinash Supe told reporters here on Tuesday.

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