Milkha Singh Heath updates: Sprint legend’s condition improving in ICU, confirms PGI Chandigarh- In what comes as positive news, India’s legendary sprinter Milkha Singh is doing better as he battles COVID-19 in the ICU, confirmed PGI Chandigarh. PGI Chandigarh also shared pictures of the legendary athlete while confirming the development of the 91-year-old’s health condition.
While battling COVID-19, he was admitted to the hospital and put under observation due to his age, he was released. But on June 3, he had to be readmitted to the ICU due to dipping O2 level. On May 20, he had tested positive for COVID19, he added.
“Former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh’s condition has improved, all his parameters are stable. He’s being monitored by our team”, said Dr Jagat Ram, PGIMER Director, Chandigarh as quoted by ANI.
Milkha Singh Heath updates: Sprint legend’s condition improving in ICU, confirms PGI Chandigarh
Milkha Singh and his wife are being treated for COVID-19 pneumonia, reported India Today. Milkha Singh is under observation and stable at the moment. He is suspected to have contracted the virus from his house helps who tested COVID-19 positive.
Last month, he was in stable condition after being discharged from the Mohali hospital. He was on oxygen support at home after getting discharged.
Milkha Singh Heath updates: On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the legendary sprinter and inquired about his health. He also wished him a speedy recovery and hoped he will recover soon and inspire Tokyo bound athletes for Tokyo Games.
Last week, Milkha’s son- ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh and daughter- Mona Milkha Singh who is a doctor in the US flew from Dubai and America.
In the meantime, his wife Nirmala Singh is in ICU for COVID-19 due to fluctuation in Oxygen levels. On Friday, her condition worsened as per the hospital bulletin and was out under NIV.
“Mrs Singh has deteriorated with the progression of disease and increase in oxygen requirement. She is presently on HFNC (High Flow Nasal Cannula) and NIV (Non-Invasive Ventilation) intermittently,” the hospital said in its health bulletin.
Singh, a four-time gold medallist at the Asian Games and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion. But his greatest performance was the fourth-place finish in the 400m final at the 1960 Rome Olympics. His timing at the Italian capital remained the national record for 38 years till Paramjeet Singh broke it in 1998. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.
He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his sporting achievements.
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