Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh “remains stable in helping with oxygen” and on Wednesday he was transferred from the hospital’s intensive care unit, where he is being treated for COVID pneumonia, which shows signs of improvement in his condition.
His 82-year-old wife, Nirmal Kaur, a former Indian volleyball captain, was admitted to the same hospital in Mohali on Wednesday after a positive COVID pneumonia test.
“Mr. Milha Singh remains stable in terms of oxygen support. However, he is weak and we are trying to persuade him to increase food intake, “Fortis Hospital in Mohali said in an update.
“Today we left him from the intensive care unit in a room he shares with his wife, Mrs. Nirmal Milkha Singh, who was admitted earlier in the day with Covid’s pneumonia.
“Both are closely monitored.”
Earlier, Kaur returned negative when all members of Milha’s family were tested for the virus.
Milha was admitted to the intensive care unit on Monday after testing positive for the virus last Wednesday. He was diagnosed with COVID pneumonia on the same day.
He is suspected of having contracted the infection from domestic helpers who had tested positive for the virus.
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.