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Arunima could start playing again, say doctors

April 19, 2011 11:54 IST

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 All India Institute of Medical Sciences where she is undergoing treatment said on Tuesday.

She was admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre on Monday night after it was detected that her amputated left leg had been infected. "She has had a good sleep last night. Her hemoglobin 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.

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. She at present is both physically and emotionally drained out."

"She is lost, she is perplexed. But, yes, very determined. She will take time to reconcile and rehabilitate," he said. However, Misra voice confidence that "her determination along with their treatment could get her back to her foot and she could start playing again."

"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 on Monday 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, wherever 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 to visit the athlete in hospital and give their report on her health to the ministry on a daily basis," the minister had said.
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