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Another cadet with one kidney

After the disclosure that a cadet of Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehra Dun was cleared by Army doctors despite having only one kidney, a former Cadet of Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, has said he, too, trained at the academy when he had one kidney.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 02:38 IST

After the disclosure that a cadet of Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehra Dun was cleared by Army doctors despite having only one kidney, a former Cadet of Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, has said he, too, trained at the academy when he had one kidney.

Ex-cadet Sainyam said he had appeared at the Services Selection Board at Allahabad and that he had been found fit in all respects by the medical board held after he was selected in the interview.

It was during one gruelling cross-country run that he along with a few other cadets collapsed due to exhaustion. When the Military Hospital conducted ultrasound test on him, it was revealed that he did not have a left kidney since birth.

"The doctors told me that it was my misfortune to be detected at the training stage and that if I had been commissioned as an officer I would have to be retained in service," claims Sainyam.

He went on leave for next six months and was finally discharged at the end of 2005.

When asked about the nature of tests conducted during the selection, Sainyam said no ultrasound was conducted and only an X-Ray was taken.

First Published: Mar 13, 2006 02:38 IST