Milkha Singh dashes to double amputee skater’s aid

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 03, 2015 17:43 IST

Double arm amputee Chandeep Singh, a national level skater, can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. The 16-year-old, who lost both his arms shoulder down after coming in contact of high tension wire going over his house in Jammu in 2011, is now endeavouring to get prosthetic robotic arms attached so as to make his life easier. His efforts received a major boost today when legendary sprinter Mikha Singh took the young skater under his wings.

“It’s a remarkable story and off course we are ready to help. We will do maximum from our Milkha Charitable Trust but will defiantly come short as the robotic arms, which will not only be functional for him but will make his life easier to some extent, come at around `40-50 lakh. As such we are asking the general public to come and help us in the effort,” Milkha said.
Recently, Chandeep won bronze medal in the All India Roller Skating Championship held in Uttarakhand in Rink Race competing with able bodied competitors. His father Surinder Singh is a government employee.

“I have learned to balance myself when on quads. Earlier, I used to play football but after the accident I switched to skating. My father and my elder sister are source of my encouragement and help me with the game,” Chandeep said, who studies in class 12th in Banyan International School, Jammu.

Milkha said that after research it has been found that there is a hospital in Delhi, which has attached these robotic arms successfully but the arms itself are imported from the USA.

“The USA has a successful programme running there in which they are helping wounded soldiers injured in various conflicts. We will try and get some kind of subsidy or discount from The USA also. The idea is to help Chandeep gain some mobility from his arms. At present he uses his feet to use the laptop and for other things. We are hoping that his story inspires people to come forward with donations,” Milkha said.

Interested can contact Chandeep’s father Surinder Singh at 09419351781 for details.

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