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Nisha on the mend


Nisha Millet: On the road to recovery.

THERE IS some good news for the State aquatic fraternity in the wake of success at the Thrissur Nationals. The Indian ace, Nisha Millet, who recently underwent a surgery, is on the road to recovery and she should hit the waters in a month's time.

Nisha, who returned after training in the City of Perth Swim Club and the Olympics at Sydney in 2000, was struck down by a severe back trouble. The Arjuna awardee, who holds the National marks in the 100, 200, and 400 m. freestyle events, was forced to the sidelines with recurrent back pain and numbness of left leg.

The specialists, she consulted first at home, felt it might be due to stress fracture on the spine and she underwent medication and acupuncture treatment, which offered her some relief.

It was later diagnosed that she had developed a benign tumour on her spine by Dr. Rajashekaran, a specialist in Coimbatore.

He advised her an immediate surgery and Nisha underwent a surgery for the removal of the tumour in Coimbatore on September 9, and flew back to Bangalore a few days ago.

"I feel much better now, the pain is gone and my Doctor says that I can resume swimming in a month's time," says Nisha.

But it will be a minimum of three months, before she gets back to serious training.

"I don't see myself swimming in any major meets till the end of this year. I wish to return to Perth by January 2003 and start my campaign in earnest. The big goal is to qualify for the 2003 Olympics for which the process starts by July 2003," she says.

She is relieved that all her records are intact at home, but wants to add a few more to her kitty such as the 100 and 200 m. back stroke.

Though she missed swimming for nearly two years now, it offered her a chance to concentrate on her studies (B.A) at Mount Carmel College.

Her aim is to shed some weight. "There was no swimming or exercise for all these days and I gained weight and I will drop a few kgs now and get fighting fit for swimming again," says a determined Nisha.

K.A.

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