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Milha Singh stable, wife’s oxygen needs have increased slightly, says hospital

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Milkha Singh

Doctors treating Milha Singh said on Saturday that the legendary Indian sprinter’s condition remained stable, but his wife Nirmal Kaur’s oxygen needs increased slightly days after he was admitted to a city hospital with a COVID-19 infection.

Milkha and his wife, who led the Indian women’s volleyball team, continued to be closely monitored by doctors at Fortis Hospital in Mohali, where they are being treated after being infected with the highly contagious virus.

In its latest update on the couple’s condition, the hospital said: “Mr Milha Singh remains stable, but Ms. Nirmal Milkha Singh’s oxygen needs have increased slightly. Both continue to be closely monitored.”

Earlier, the hospital said it was being treated for COVID pneumonia.

While Milha, 91, was admitted to hospital on Monday, his 82-year-old wife was admitted to the same facility on Wednesday after testing positive for the virus.

The couple’s son and golfer, Jeev Milha Singh, flew to Chandigarh from Dubai on Saturday, and his older sister, Mona Milkha Singh, a US doctor, also arrived here a few days ago.

Milkha and his wife share a room in the hospital.

Earlier, Nirmal Kaur returned negative when members of Milha’s family were tested for the virus.

Milha is suspected of having contracted the infection from domestic help.

The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian gold medalist and champion of the British Community Games in 1958, but his greatest performance was in fourth place 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.

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