Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh is “clinically stable with a declining need for oxygen” as she fights COVID pneumonia, the hospital where she is being treated said on Tuesday.
On Monday, Milha was admitted to the intensive care unit at Fortis Hospital in Mohali. The 91-year-old was positive for the virus last Wednesday.
“Mr. Milkha Singh is clinically stable with a declining oxygen demand,” the hospital update said.
He was diagnosed with COVID pneumonia on Monday after taking it.
Earlier, the son of the golfer Milha Zheev had said that the decision to hospitalize him was a precautionary measure.
“Although his parameters looked fine, we thought it was safer for him to be admitted, where he would be under the supervision of senior doctors,” Dzheev told PTI on Monday.
Milkha is suspected of having contracted the infection from domestic helpers who tested positive for the virus.
“Only I came back positively on Wednesday and I’m surprised,” Milha said.
None of the other family members, including Milha’s wife Nirmal Kaur, a former Indian volleyball captain, tested positive.
The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian gold medalist and champion of the British Community Games in 1958, but his greatest performance was fourth in the 400m final at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
His time in the Italian capital remained a national record for 38 years, until Parameet Singh broke it in 1998.
He also represented India at the 1956 and 1964 Olympic Games and in 1959 was awarded the Padma Sri.