Milkha Singh lends helping hand to 16-yr-old, more help needed

Written by TANBIR DHALIWAL | Chandigarh | Published: April 3, 2015 3:21 am
“Himmat Na Hari Kaka”: Milkha Singh with Chandeep Singh at their residence in Chandigarh on Thursday. (Source: express photo byJasbir Malhi) “Himmat Na Hari Kaka”: Milkha Singh with Chandeep Singh at their residence in Chandigarh on Thursday. (Source: express photo by Jasbir Malhi)

Chandeep Singh, 16, has recently won a bronze medal in the 7th All India Roller Skating Championship, and now aspires to represent the country at the international level. However, there is one hurdle: Chandeep’s both arms are amputated and, doctors say, he needs ‘robotic arms’.

Belonging to a middle-class family from Jammu, Chandeep was 12 years old when he lost both his arms in an accident in 2011. He was playing on the roof  of his house and got electrocuted, following which both his arms had to be amputated.

Doctors say that the only solution is ‘robotic arms’ that would cost about Rs 50 lakh. Coming from a middle-class family, his parents cannot afford the expenses. Hence, they came in contact with Flying Sikh Milkha Singh for help.

“The child is very bright and has won many medals in sports at the district and national level. He is determined and the nation needs such sportspersons. He can bring laurels to the nation if supported. I have decided to financially help the child and will request others to come forward for help,” said legendary athlete Milkha Singh, who came forward to help the family.

The accident could not dampen his spirits and he continued to win medals in sports. The only difference is that earlier, he used to play football, and now he is into skating.

Chandeep has won a bronze medal in the 7th All India Roller Skating Championship held at Mussoorie in Uttrakhand recently and has also bagged gold medal from Sahyog India for his skating skills.

“My son is a true sportsman, who has not learnt to give up. Despite his physical disability, he did not quit playing and continues to win medals. He is ambitious,” said Surinder Singh, father of the sportsperson. He added, “Chandeep would never complain, but I know that he is suffering silently. He has become dependent on others as he is unable to do his daily activities. I want my son to become independent again and for that he needs robotic arms.”
Talking about his passion for the game and life’s struggles, Chandeep said, “I like to take up challenges. Life has thrown a challenge at me and I have accepted it. It is not easy, but I fight daily.”

“Doctors told me with robotic arms, I’ll be able to perform my daily activities on my own. I will become independent again and can perform better in sports too. My dream is to represent India at international level. I want to win a gold medal for my nation,” said Chandeep.

For his help, Milkha Singh’s family has come forward, but more helping hands will be required. Any person who wants to help the budding sportsperson can donate the amount in the account number: 32942289470, State Bank of India, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. For more details, one can contact on 09419351781.

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