Edited By Tarun Vats | Agencies | Updated:
Balbir Singh Sr., a great hockey player and member of the three-time Olympic Gold Medalist team, suffered a heart attack on Tuesday morning due to which his condition remains critical. Balbir Sr. is currently admitted to the Medical ICU of Fortis Hospital in Mohali and is placed on ventilator. Kabir Singh Bhomia, the grandson of this 96-year veteran gave this information.
Giving an update on his condition, Kabir said, “Nana ji suffered a heart attack at 9 am today. He is currently placed in a medical ICU. He was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition on Friday May 8 due to multiple limbs being affected. There was a slight improvement in his condition but now his condition is critical.
He told that the doctors will monitor his condition continuously for the next 24 to 48 hours and only after this, any further statement regarding his condition will be issued. He is still kept on ventilator.
Balbir Sr. was taken to a private hospital from his residence in Sector-36 on Friday due to deteriorating health. He lives with his daughter Sukhbir and Kabir. Balbir Sr. had high fever on Thursday night. At first his family gave him a ‘sponge bath’ at home but when his condition did not improve he was admitted to the hospital.
Balbir Sr. was discharged from PGIMER in January last year after spending 108 days in the hospital. He was undergoing treatment for pneumonia at this hospital.
He was instrumental in winning India’s gold medals at the Olympics in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956). He scored five goals in the 6–1 win against the Netherlands at the Helsinki Olympics and the record is still intact. He was also the manager of the 1975 World Cup-winning Indian hockey team.