Srinagar: Two days after receiving bullet injuries during a gunfight in Shopian, 18-year-old Saima Jan is still critical and battling for life in the intensive care unit at SKIMS Soura.
The second girl injured in the incident, Sumeera Jan, is however recovering and has been put off the ventilator.
Doctors at the SKIMS said Saima will need ventilator support for few more days as her conditions was still critical due to brain damage.
“Saima is under close observation because her injuries were grave,” said a doctor, who treated her.
Medical Superintendent Dr Amin Tabish said doctors operated her for head injuries.
“We can’t keep her off the life support as we are still apprehensive about her condition,” he said.
Saima is the sister of one of the militants killed in the gunfight at Chaigund area of Shopian district.
She had rushed to the spot along with some relatives after learning that her brother was trapped in the site.
Saima recently qualified the Class XII examination with 400 marks and was planning to join college.
The second injured girl, Sumeera, has shown considerable improvement.
“She has been put off the ventilator and shifted to General Ward following recovery after emergency surgery,” Dr Tabish said.
He added that she was out of danger as she has been operated successfully by neurosurgeons at institute.
Two militants and a minor boy were killed in the Chaigund gunfight.
According to police the civilians including Saima, Sumeera and slain boy Shakir Ahmad Mir were caught in cross fire.