Injured Arunima to be shifted to AIIMS (Lead)

April 18th, 2011 - 9:50 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Lucknow (IANS) National level volleyball player Arunima Sinha, whose crushed left leg was amputated after robbers threw her off a running train last week, will be shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for treatment as the union sports and health ministries offered her “the best possible facilities and treatment”.

The decision to shift her to AIIMS came after a serious infection was noticed in the leg for which she underwent a second round of surgery at the prestigious King George’s Medical College (KGMC), now called the Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University in Lucknow Sunday.

In his letter, union Minister of State for Health Dinesh Trivedi expressed concern about the quality of medical care Arunima, 23, was getting.

The letter issued by Trivedi’s private secretary Monday said: “…extremely concerned about the quality of medical care extended to Ms. Arunima. He desires that the best possible facilities and treatment be provided to her.

“In case, any help is required in terms of medical opinion and expert view from institute like AIIMS, we would be keen to provide the same to Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical Institute,” the letter said.

The letter is addressed to Pradeep Shukla, Principal Health Secretary (Health) Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier Monday, union Sports Minister Ajay Maken came to meet Arunima at the hospital and offered to shift her to New Delhi for specialised treatment.

Seeing her worsening condition, the call was taken by authorities to shift her to AIIMS, doctors said in Lucknow.

In New Delhi, the National Commission for Women also demanded that the player should be shifted to AIIMS for “proper care”.

Meanwhile, political parties left no stone unturned to earn brownie points by displaying their sudden sympathy for Arunima.

Ahead of Maken’s visit, state Sports Minister Ayodhya Prasad Pal visited Arunima and offered her a job in the sports department.

Arunima, a national level volleyball player, was pushed out of the general compartment of the Padmawati Express near Bareilly April 11 while resisting a chain-snatching attempt by some hoodlums as she was travelling from Lucknow to Delhi.

She lost her left leg when it came under the wheels of another train passing on the parallel rail track.

Railway police carried her to the local district hospital where she lay injured, traumatised and unconscious until Wednesday morning.

Arunima was last week offered a job by the Indian Railways.

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