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Covid positive Milkha Singh is stable: PGIMER in health update

Milkha Singh was in isolation and on oxygen support at his home after his discharge from the Mohali hospital on Sunday before being admitted to PGIMER on Thursday afternoon with dipping levels of oxygen.

Written by Nitin Sharma , Parul | Chandigarh |
Updated: June 5, 2021 9:51:44 pm
Milkha Singh admitted to Mohali hospital with Covid pneumonia, stable91-year-old Milkha Singh had been discharged from a Mohali hospital after contracting Covid-19 last month. (File photo)

Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh, who is battling COVID-19 in the ICU of PGIMER Chandigarh, is stable and his condition is “better than yesterday”, the hospital authorities said on Saturday.

“Flying Sikh Shri Milkha Singh ji, being unwell due to COVID-19, has been admitted in the ICU of NHE Block of PGIMER since June 3.

“On the basis of all the medical parameters today, that is June 5, his condition has been observed better than yesterday,” Prof Ashok Kumar, official spokesperson of PGIMER, said in a statement, quashing rumours about his death doing rounds in the social media since Saturday morning.

The statement also informed that Milkha, 91, was being closely monitored by a team of three doctors.

Singh,91, was discharged from a Mohali hospital after contracting Covid-19 last month. The former Commonwealth Games champion and 1960 Rome Olympian was admitted to PGI on Thursday.

While the athletics legend stayed in the Mohali hospital for six days before getting discharged, Singh’s wife Nirmal Kaur is still in the ICU at the Mohali hospital with fluctuating oxygen requirement.

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“Yes, my father has been admitted in the PGIMER today,” Singh’s son and 14-time international winner Jeev Milkha Singh confirmed to The Indian Express on Thursday evening.

Singh, who had contracted the Covid-19 virus on May 19 last month after one of the cooks at their Sector 8 home tested positive for Covid-19, was admitted in a Mohali hospital on May 24 after suffering from diarrhea and dehydration apart from less oxygen saturation level.

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Singh was in isolation and on oxygen support at his home after his discharge from the Mohali hospital on Sunday last week before he was admitted to PGIMER on Thursday afternoon with dipping levels of oxygen.

“Flying Sikh Milkha Singh has been admitted in ICU in Covid Hospital of PGIMER at 3.35 pm.today due to dipping levels of oxygen.He has been kept under observation and is stable now,” said Prof Ashok Kumar, Official Spokesperson, PGIMER.

While Singh was earlier admitted in ICU at the Mohali hospital, he was later shifted to a normal room with his wife Nirmal Kaur, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week. Kaur was shifted to the ICU of the Mohali hospital on May 26 due to Covid pneumonia. Singh’s daughter Dr Mona Singh, who works in Covid ward in Metropolitan hospital in New York, came to India last week and is coordinating with the doctors at the hospitals.

While Kaur, a former Indian volleyball captain was admitted on increased oxygen support in ICU last week, her condition was stable and she remains in the ICU. “Mrs Milkha Singh continues to be in ICU with fluctuating oxygen requirement,” read the medical bulletin on Nirmal Kaur on Thursday.

“While my father remains on Oxygen support at our home, my mother is in ICU at Mohali hospital. It’s been a tough time for the family and we are hopeful that both my parents will pull through this,” Jeev had told The Indian Express on Tuesday.

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