Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh and his wife, Nirmal Kaur, continued on their way to recovery on Friday after contracting COVID-19 infection, leaving their son, golfer Jay Milha Singh, hoping to be discharged in the coming days.
Milkha and his wife, who led the Indian women’s volleyball team, are currently undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital in Mohali, which said in a new update that they are stable and the symptoms are in a “declining trend”.
Earlier, the hospital said it was being treated for COVID pneumonia. In its latest update on the couple’s condition, the hospital said both were stable,
“Ms. and Mr. Milha Singh are stable and their symptoms tend to decrease. Mr. Milkha Singh’s appetite has also improved,” the hospital’s bulletin said.
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 a highly contagious virus.
Zheev, who flew to Chandigarh from Dubai on Saturday, also said his parents were stable. The golfer informed that his older sister, Mona Milkha Singh, who is a doctor in the United States, arrived here a few days ago.
“The last few days have been very difficult … My parents are on oxygen support, but stable. We hope that they will be able to cope with this and get out of it soon,” Zheev told PTI.
Milkha and his wife share the same room in the hospital. Earlier, 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. Dzheev also said that Milha has lost weight because he has eaten less in the last few days.
“My sister told him to eat. Thank God she’s around, she’s a pillar of strength at this hour,” he said.
Zheev said his mother had bouts of fever but maintained an oxygen saturation level. “Thank God they are at least stable. I thank millions of Indians and well-wishers for their prayers and good wishes to my parents.
“We want to thank them for their prayers and worries and we hope they have to cope. And I will remain positive,” Zheev said.
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 was awarded the Padma Sri in 1959.