Milkha Singh in stable condition, shifted out of COVID ICU

Milkha Singh

India’s track and field legend Milkha Singh, who was recently admitted to COVID ICU following his recovering from COVID-19 due to dipping oxygen levels, is now shifted out of it.

As his family confirmed, Singh’s condition is now stable, and has been shifted to a medical ICU in a different section of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Mohali, where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of its Covid hospital back on 4th June.

“Milkha ji is stable and is out of the COVID ICU, but is in the Medical ICU,” a spokesperson of the Milkha family revealed, “thank you for your continued prayers and good wishes.”

Sources within the PGIMER sources said that Milkha Singh was “fine, stable and recovering” and was shifted out of the COVID ICU after testing negative for the virus. It also added that the 91-year-old was under close monitoring by a team of senior doctors.

While Milkha Singh has been recovering, his wife Nirmal Kaur, unfortunately, did not meet the same fate. The former volleyball captain of India, who was aged 85, passed away at Fortis hospital due to health complications arising from COVID.

It was believed that Singh got the virus after some of their house helpers had tested positive earlier and a COVID test last month returned positive results but the former sprinter was earlier reported to be asymptomatic. Kaur, on the other hand, contracted the virus later.

A four time Asian Games gold medallist, Milkha Singh is the only athlete to clinch golds in both Asian and Commonwealth Games 400m events. He participated in 1956, 1960, and 1964 Olympic Games.

A former sepoy in the Indian Army, Singh was promoted to Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) after his success at the 1958 Asian Games and was later made an Honorary Captain. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1959.

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