CHANDIGARH: The legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh was discharged from a private hospital on Sunday where he is receiving treatment for COVID-19 infection, even though he is still oxygen supportive.
While the 91-year-old Milkha was discharged in a stable condition at the request of his family, his 82-year-old wife Nirmal Kaur had to be moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Saturday night due to the increasing need for oxygen.
“At the request of the family, Milkha Singh was discharged from the hospital today in a stable condition. He has oxygen and nutritional support,” Fortis Hospital Mohali said in its update.
“Mrs Milkha Singh had to be transferred to the ICU last night due to the increasing need for oxygen. She remains stable.”
The hospital had earlier said they were being treated for COVID pneumonia.
While Milkha was admitted to hospital on Monday, his wife was admitted to the same facility on Wednesday after testing positive for the highly contagious virus.
The couple’s son and golfer Jeev flew from Dubai to Chandigarh on Saturday while the golfer’s older sister, Mona Milkha Singh, a doctor in the United States, also arrived here a few days ago.
Milkha is suspected to have contracted the infection from a domestic worker.
The legendary athlete is a gold medalist of the Asian Games and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, but his greatest achievement was the fourth place in the 400 m final at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960.
His timing in the Italian capital remained the national record for 38 years until Paramjeet Singh broke it in 1998. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and awarded the Padma Shri in 1959.