Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh was discharged Sunday from a private hospital where he was being treated for a COVID-19 infection, although he is still receiving oxygen treatment.
While 91-year-old Milha was discharged in stable condition at the request of his family, his 82-year-old wife Nirmal Kaur had to be transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) on Saturday night due to the growing need for oxygen.
“At the request of the family, Mr. Milkha Singh was discharged from the hospital today in stable condition. He is on oxygen and nutritional support,” Fortis Hospital, Mohali, said in an update.
“Mrs. Milha Singh had to be transferred to the intensive care unit last night due to growing oxygen needs. She remains stable.”
Earlier, the hospital said it was being treated for COVID pneumonia. While Milha was admitted to hospital on Monday, his wife was admitted to the same facility on Wednesday after testing positive for a highly contagious virus.
The couple’s son and ace, golfer Jeev, flew to Chandigarh from Dubai on Saturday, while the golfer’s older sister, Mona Milkha Singh, a doctor in the United States, also arrived here a few days ago. 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 Commonwealth 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, while Parameet Singh broke it in 1998. He also represented India at the 1956 and 1964 Olympic Games and was awarded the Padma Sri in 1959.