Athlete Arunima shifted to AIIMS, stable

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 12:08

New Delhi: The condition of national-level
volleyball player Arunima Sinha alias Sonu, who lost her left
leg after being pushed out of a speeding train, is stable,
doctors at AIIMS where she is undergoing treatment said on Tuesday.

She was admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre last night
after it was detected that her amputated left leg had been
infected.
"She has had a good sleep last night. Her haemoglobin
level had fallen drastically. She had to be given blood and
plasma. Now she is all right," AIIMS Trauma Centre chief Dr M C
Misra, who is looking into Sinha`s case said.

He said that he and his team of doctors are planning
to open up the leg wound under anesthesia to decide the next
course of action.

Dr Misra said there was a risk of infection in the
amputated leg because she was left unattended for five to six
hours after she suffered the injury.

Sinha was travelling through Bareilly to Delhi when
three men attacked her and tried to snatch her gold chain.
When she resisted, they pushed her out of the moving train.

Another train coming in her direction ran over her left
leg. Her left leg was amputated which later developed a severe
infection.
After examining, doctors attending to her had said
that along with amputation in the left leg, both the long
bones of her right leg were also fractured.

Dr Misra said, "She has suffered so many serious
injuries that her pelvic is also fractured. We will also
assess her for her spine as she has been complaining of pain
in her back.

Sinha at present is both physically and emotionally
drained out, he said.

"She is lost, she is perplexed. But, yes, very
determined. She will take time to reconcile and rehabilitate,"
he said.

However, Dr Misra voice confidence that "Her
determination along with their treatment could get her back to
her foot and she could again start playing.

"There are many sports prosthesis available and there
are sportsperson who play with help of prosthetics. Arunima
is passionate about sports and a girl with strong
determination. We will try and help her stand on her feet but
all is dependent on her strong will power".

Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken had yesterday met the
player at the Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical Hospital in
Lucknow and after her family`s consent it was decided to shift
her to AIIMS for better treatment.

"I have been informed by doctors that the condition of
the player is serious but stable. I have offered all the help
for her treatment, where ever her family wants, whether in
Lucknow or in New Delhi. The Sports Ministry will bear the
expenses for it," Maken had said.

"I have asked the officials of Sports Authority of
India (SAI) to visit the athlete in hospital and give their
report on her health to the ministry on a daily basis," the
minister had said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 12:08

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