Sagittarius legend Limba Ram is looking for funds for the fight against diseases

In His Flowering, He Was An Image Of Focus And Balance, While Effortlessly Hitting One Goal After Another. Today His Hands Shake While He Grips Yours And A Blank Confused Look Appears On His Face While He Suddenly Becomes Quiet While Talking

Limba Ram, 46, A One-time Superstar Of Indian Archery, With A World Record To His Name, Is Desperately Looking For Funds To Get His Life-threatening Neurological Illness Treated. Limba, Who Had Come Within Touching Distance Of Winning Bronze At The 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Has Been Admitted To AIIMS In A Six-bed Unit Of The General Category Ward, Fighting A Grim Battle Against A Neuro-degenerative Disease (multiple System Atrophy) Has Only Worsened With Time.

Limba's Disease 'controllable But Not Curable'

The Doctors Visiting Limba Told TOI He May Have Developed Parkinson's Disease, But Confirmation Is Subject To Further Tests And Scans. There Is A Possibility That He May Be Operated Upon Coming Days For A Spinal Issue, But That Will Also Depend On Further Medical Examination.

" The Doctors Say His Illness Is Not Curable, But Is Very Much Controllable. All My Husband Needs Is Good Medical Treatment Which He Gets Here With All Doctors Supportive And Sympathetic Towards Him. Private Hospitals In Delhi Will Charge A Fortune, So We Can't Take Him There," His Wife, Merian Jenny, Told TOI.

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It Is Not That The Archery Association Of India ( AAI ), Led By Its Former President BVP Rao, Or The Sports Authority Of India (SAI) Didn't Come Forward To Help The Former India Coach. In Fact, After Rao Wrote To SAI Director General Neelam Kapur, Apprising Her About Limba's Deteriorating Health And His Urgent Admission To A City Hospital.

Two SAI Officials Ensured Limba's Hassle-free Admission At AIIMS, While Also Making It A Point To Visit Him Regularly. SAI Has Also Made The Arrangement For Jenny's Stay At The Residential Hostel Inside The Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium Complex. In Fact, SAI Secretary S Chhabra Has Also Written For The Sports Ministry To Consider Limba's Matter For Financial Assistance As A Special Case And Release The Monetary Grant At The Earliest.

The Letter Was Written On April 25, 2019, But So Far, The Grant Has Not Been Released.

Jenny Has Full Confidence In The Operation And System That Money For The Treatment Of Limba Will Be Released Soon. It's Just That They Now Bear The Full Cost Of Hospital Treatment From Their Own Pockets." Last Year, When The Health Condition Of Limba Came To Light, Was Minister Of Sport Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Had Rs 5 Lakh Immediately Released As Part Of Financial Assistance. We Have Spent Almost The Entire Amount On His Treatment. What We Now Pay To AIIMS Comes From Our Own Pocket, Which Is Not Much More Than Now. But We Need The Money Soon," She Said." We Want New Financing From The Ministry, Nothing More. We're Not Complaining, We're Just Asking The Authorities," She Added. Jenny's Anger Is Primarily Focused On Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC), Where Limba Was Employed Before Falling Ill.

" Medical Bills Of Rs 1 Lakh Are Pending With The Council And They're Not Giving Us The Money. We Spent Rs 1.5 Lakh On His Treatment At The Sawai Man Singh Hospital In Jaipur Last Year. Only Rs 50,000 Has Been Released So Far. It Will Be Great Help If We Will Get That Money."

What Has Compounded Limba's Problems Are The Ongoing General Elections, Which Has Slowed Down The Movement Of Files In The Corridors Or Ministries, And The Supreme Court Striking Down The Outcome Of The AAI Elections.

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