The 91-yr-outdated, who died at Chandigarh’s PGIMER hospital on Friday evening after battling the an infection for a month, was in excessive spirits when his constructive take a look at report got here on May 19.
“Yes Bachcha, I tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday (May 19). But I am fine, I have no problem, no fever, no cough. It will go away. My doctor told me I will be alright in three-four days,” he had mentioned when PTI rang him as much as verify whether or not the thrill on social media about him testing constructive for the virus was appropriate.
A pair of days later, Milkha was hospitalised at Mohali’s Fortis hospital as a precautionary measure. While there, he was joined by his former nationwide volleyball captain spouse Nirmal Kaur, who died six days in the past on Sunday as a result of of COVID issues.
The couple shared a room earlier than Milkha was discharged on the household’s request. He was subsequently hospitalised once more on June 3 after oxygen saturation ranges dipped, this time on the PGIMER the place he battled it out until Friday evening.
“Our cook had fever but he concealed it from us. We sent him to his home (native village). After that we thought it’s better that all the family members should get COVID-19 tests done,” Milkha had mentioned in the course of the May 20 dialog detailing what precisely led to the constructive exams.
“I am surprised. How could I get this infection?” he questioned.
At that time Milkha didn’t really feel any signs and mentioned that he had even been jogging and exercising.
“I have been keeping indoors except for morning jogging and exercise. I did jogging just yesterday. Don’t worry, I am in good spirits,” he asserted.
“I have been telling people that doing physical exercise and remaining healthy is very important during this COVID times. I am 91 but I have been doing exercise regularly,” he had mentioned.
And it was this way of life that he was banking on to recuperate.
“Though I am surprised to have tested positive, I hope to get over it soon.”
His spouse had, nonetheless, spoken about Milkha complaining of slight weak point earlier than his COVID take a look at was carried out.
“This was the first time in my life that he had complained of weakness and body ache,” she had mentioned, who was unfavorable for virus at the moment.
The legendary athlete was a 4-time Asian Games gold-medallist and the 1958 Commonwealth Games champion however his best efficiency was a close to miss, the fourth place end in the 400m last of the 1960 Rome Olympics.
Howevere, his timing on the Italian capital remained the nationwide file for 38 years and he was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.