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BP, pulse high. Is he unwell?

MARATHON BOY Budhia Singh's pulse rate and blood pressure are above normal. Cause for worry? Of course, but more tests need to be done before a final call is taken.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 15:14 IST

MARATHON BOY Budhia Singh's pulse rate and blood pressure are above normal. Cause for worry? Of course, but more tests need to be done before a final call is taken.

Dr Manabendra Bhattacharyya, scientific officer (sports medicine), Sports Authority of India, who is part of the medical board examining Budhia, says his blood pressure was recorded at 135/85, while the pulse rate varied between 96-98.
"The pulse rate and BP of Budhia were certainly not normal," Dr Bhattacharyya told Hindustan Times.

According to Dr Bhattacharyya some more tests would be done on Budhia's elbow, wrist and knee to know his exact physical condition. About the final report, Dr Bhattacharyya said, "It will take a while for the final report to be prepared. At this stage, I can only tell that it's not advisable for a child of Budhia's age to run such a distance".

Sources also told Hindustan Times. that doctors would conduct magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests on Budhia to ascertain his exact age after which they will submit their reports if his body can cope with the wear and tear of long-distance running.

Budhia's mother Sukanti has not kept any record of her son's date of birth, though she is sure that Budhia was born in the post-supercyclone (October, 1999) period. Budhia is reported to be four-and-half-years now, but only the MRI test can determine his exact age.

Dr Sidharth Mohanty, personal physician of Budhia Singh, told HT, "Age estimation can be done by X-ray.
But since the boy will be exposed to radiation hazards, the idea was dropped. Instead the MRI tests will be done”.

According to doctors, the height, weight and bone growth will differ significantly depending on the boy’s age. On the high pulse rate and blood pressure, Dr Mohanty said, “I had examined him after Tuesday’s marathon. But on Friday, the blood pressure and pulse rate were high.

It’s also probable that Budhia was under psychological stress after being forcibly brought to the hospital by the police. Dr Mohanty showed results of various tests done earlier to emphasise there was nothing abnormal with Budhia’s health.