Sandeep Singh discharged from ICU, condition much better

Hockey star Sandeep Singh, who was injured in an "accidental" fire from an RPF ASI`s pistol, has been discharged from the intensive care unit of PGIMER here and doctors described his condition as "much better", but they would not hazard a guess on how soon he would be able to start playing again.

Chandigarh, Aug 29: Hockey star Sandeep Singh, who was
injured in an "accidental" fire from an RPF ASI`s pistol, has
been discharged from the intensive care unit of PGIMER here
and doctors described his condition as "much better", but
they would not hazard a guess on how soon he would be able to
start playing again.

Sitting in a separate chamber in a private ward of the
hospital, 21-year-old Sandeep Singh looked cheerful as his
elder brother Bikramjit Singh was helping him do some
exercises.

Outside Sandeep`s room, two Punjab police commandos stood
guard and entry inside the room for any media person is a
strict no-no.

However, as relatives from Shahabad in Haryana (Sandeep`s
hometown) and as far as USA dropped in occasionally on
learning that he had been discharged from the ICU where he
remained for a week, one could catch the glimpse of the young
star sitting in his private ward watching television.

"Today, Sandeep`s condition is much better. He is able to
talk, eat and pass motion without any difficulty. He is also
free to watch television and he can pick up some action from
the hockey field," PGI`s department of surgery head, Dr J D
Wig, who was among a team of doctors who operated on Sandeep
for the bullet injury, told media persons here.

Sandeep`s father Gurcharan Singh too looked in a cheerful
mood today, with his son having got a new lease of life after
RPF ASI Mohar Singh`s pistol "accidentally" went off on board
the Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express on August 22 near
Kurukshetra injuring the drag-flicker in the pelvis.

Dr Wig is hopeful of Sandeep`s early recovery, but he
stresses that with any bullet injury "you cannot predict".

"I cannot say for sure how long it will take him to wield
his hockey stick. We have to be very careful, but he is
responding well to the treatment," Dr Wig, who has closely
been monitoring Sandeep`s progress over the days, said.

He also had a word of caution for Sandeep`s family urging
them to guard against any infection at this stage as there
has been a rush of people willing to see Sandeep.

Sandeep`s family members including father Gurcharan Singh,
Daljit Kaur, brother Bikramjit Singh and uncle Avtar Singh
have been staying at the hospital and praying all along for
his early recovery.

"I thank Waheguru that I will be able to sit closeby with
my son," Gurcharan Singh said today. Earlier not even family
members were allowed to stay beyond a few minutes in the ICU.

For Daljit Kaur, her first priority is to see her son get
well soon. "I know he has the determination and will power to
overcome this injury soon," she said with emotions mixed with
joy as she struggled to hold back her tears at the same time.

"He wanted to bring the cup for India (forthcoming
championship in Germany). Now, he wants his team-mates to do
it for him," she said.

Bureau Report

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