Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr in semi-comatose condition: Grandson

CHANDIGARH Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr He is in a semi-comatose state and has developed a blood clot in his brain, his maternal grandson Kabir said Monday when the three-time Olympic gold medalist struggled with multiple health complications in a hospital.

In a statement, Kabir said his 95-year-old maternal grandfather has not had a cardiac event since last week.

Hemodynamically close to stable but the condition is critical. There are no more cardiac events since the last update, Kabir said.

The MRI brain report shows a small clot of fresh blood in the brain that is insufficient to explain continued unconsciousness. It is currently in a semi-comatose condition.

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The icon, which continues on the ventilator, has also been detected with patches of fresh pneumonia in the lungs.

Treatment is being attempted. He continues with ventilation support. Doctors continually evaluate his condition, Kabir said.

The great hockey player had suffered cardiac arrest Tuesday morning and has been in ventilator support ever since. He had suffered two other heart attacks on Wednesday.

Balbir Sr was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali with a high fever on May 8.

In January last year, he was released from PGIMER, Chandigarh, after spending 108 days in hospital, where he received treatment for bronchial pneumonia.

One of the best athletes in the country, Balbir Sr was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by International Olympic Committee through modern Olympic history.

His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final of the Olympics remains undefeated.

He had scored five goals in India's 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the 1952 Helsinki Games gold medal match. He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957.

He was also the manager of the 1975 World Cup winning team in India.

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