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Athlete Sonu to be shifted to AIIMS: Maken assures all help

Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken interacting with relatives of athlete Arunima alias Sonu Sinha after meeting her at Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University Hospital in Lucknow on April 18, 2011. Sonu has lost her left leg after she was pushed out from a running train by criminals on April 12. UNI PHOTO
Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken interacting with relatives of athlete Arunima alias Sonu Sinha after meeting her at Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University Hospital in Lucknow on April 18, 2011. Sonu has lost her left leg after she was pushed out from a running train by criminals on April 12. UNI PHOTO

National-level athlete Arunima alias Sonu Sinha, who lost her left leg after she was thrown by a gang of chain-snatchers off a running train in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, on April 12, has been referred to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, where she would be shifted later this evening.

Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken met the injured sportsperson and her family members at the hospital along with a team of doctors today.

Even before Mr Maken and UP Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi could meet Sonu, the Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University hospital in Lucknow referred the case to AIIMS and even arranged for a state plane to take her to New Delhi.

Hectic political activities were witnessed as two state ministers rushed to the hospital after hearing about Mr Maken's plans to visit Sonu.

After meeting the family members and taking stock of the health of Sonu, Mr Maken said her condition was stable.

The Sports Minister said the sports centre doctors, who accompanied him from New Delhi, had checked the health of Sonu and termed her condition as stable.

"She has no fever and her urine and blood reports are also good. Hence there is nothing to worry about," he said.

He noted that the Railways had already promised her a job and the Union Sports Ministry would give her Rs 2 lakhs as compensation. Besides, the Ministry would bear the expenses of her treatment.

When asked about the criminals who had pushed the sportsperson from the train, Mr Makan said the police were searching for them and they would be nabbed soon.

Meanwhile, the doctors of the hospital referred Sonu to AIIMS claiming that the hospital in the national capital was well equipped to deal with such cases. They said Sonu would be shifted to AIIMS by an air ambulance.

On the other hand, Omprakash, brother-in-law of Sonu, and Rashmi, her sister, told reporters that they too wanted Sonu to be shifted to AIIMS for better treatment.

"We are getting good treatment here, but AIIMS is better equipped for such cases," they said.

UP Sports Minister Pal and state transport minister Ramachal Rajbhar went to the hospital this morning to enquire about the health of Sonu and talked to her family members.

The ministers also promised to give her a government job. They gave her a cheque for Rs one lakh as compensation, which was announced by Chief Minister Mayawati.

The condition of Sonu is stable after doctors operated on her amputated leg, following detection of infection.

Doctors attending on her said infection was detected in the left foot and seven units of blood were given to her last night to raise her haemoglobin level.

Sonu has been shifted to the ventilator unit of the hospital after her condition deteriorated on Saturday night.

The doctors said here today that she was operated for the second time after infection in her left leg, which had already been amputated.

The police, meanwhile, were yet to receive any information about the people involved in the crime.

UP railway police have already announced a reward of Rs 15,000 for any person giving information about the incident.

Sonu was initially treated at Bareilly, where her left leg was amputated. She was shifted to Lucknow on Friday to fix an artificial limb.

Arunima, a resident of Ambedkarnagar, was going to Noida by Padmavat Express to take part in the recruitment of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) when some miscreants tried to snatch her chain near Chanheti railway station in Bareilly district on April 12. When she resisted them, they pushed her out of the running train.

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