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Arunima to be shifted to AIIMS

Special Correspondent

Following infection on the national-level volleyball player's amputated leg

— Photo: Subir Roy

FOR BETTER TREATMENT:Arunima being shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi from Lucknow on Monday.

LUCKNOW: National-level volleyball player Arunima alias Sonu Sinha, who lost a leg after being pushed out of a running train near Bareilly on April 13, has been referred to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. The decision was taken after infection set in on her amputated leg. Ms. Sinha was admitted to the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) here on Saturday last, where she had to go another operation.

The move followed the visit of Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken to the CSMMU on Monday. Mr. Maken met the player and her family members and reportedly assured them that expenses of her treatment at the AIIMS would be borne by the Sports Ministry.

According to Chief Medical Superintendent of CSMMU S.N. Shankhwar, Ms. Sinha's amputated leg contacted more infection, which led to the decision to shift her to the AIIMS.

Reports quoting the doctors attending on her had said there was a possibility of septicaemia setting in.

Job offer

Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Sports Minister Ayodhya Prasad Pal called on Ms. Sinha. The Uttar Pradesh Government has reportedly offered a job to her, either in the Sports Directorate here or in the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College in Lucknow. Reports said the offer was accepted by the girl's parents.

A financial help of Rs. 1 lakh to the player was announced by Chief Minister Mayawati.

Ms. Sinha boarded the general compartment of Padmavat Express here on April 13. She was going to Noida (Gautam Buddha Nagar) to appear in a examination conducted by the Central Industrial Security Force.

She was pushed out of the train by some robbers when she resisted their attempt to snatch her chain. Ms. Sinha lost one of her legs after being run over by another train passing on the adjacent track. The incident occurred about 15 km from the Bareilly Railway Station.

Ms. Sinha was admitted to the Bareilly district hospital from where she was shifted to the CSMMU, Lucknow.

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