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Hockey legend has gangrene

HOCKEY LEGEND Padmashri Shankar Lakshman, one of the greatest hockey players that India has ever produced, is suffering from gangrene in right leg.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 13:09 IST

HOCKEY LEGEND Padmashri Shankar Lakshman, one of the greatest hockey players that India has ever produced, is suffering from gangrene in right leg.

But there is hope still. A close friend of Lakshman, an advocate turned vaidya — Ramesh Parmar — is confident that Lakshman would be cured. Lakshman, who was part of the gold medal-winning Olympics hockey team in 1956 (Melbourne) and 1964 (Tokyo), is responding to treatment. The surgeons had told that his leg would have to be amputated.

Lakshman’s son Manohar told the Hindustan Times today that it all started with pus deposits in the nails of his legs on March 23. The Mhow surgeon, Dr Shrikant Shivdekar, treated him and operated the thumbnails of both the legs in an Indore nursing home.

The same day the family members noticed blackness developing in his right leg and late in the evening, Dr Shivdekar recommended colour doppler test of the legs.

The tests showed that gangrene had developed, as some of the veins of both the legs had got choked. Lakshman was referred to the Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital of Indore where the surgeons confirmed the earlier diagnosis.

They also said that there was no other option but to amputate the leg. When Parmar heard about this, he called Manohar and urged him to bring his father back to Mhow and offered to treat him.Manohar was in a dilemma but after repeated calls from Parmar, he managed to get his father discharged from the MY Hospital. He was brought directly to Parmar’s residence in Mhow, where the treatment started.

Parmar started Ayurvedic treatment yesterday.The relatives, who were numbed by the developments, were pleasantly surprised to notice that there was considerable improvement in his condition. Wife Shanti Lakshman, son-in-law Rewakant and son Manohar said that the portion that had turned black had started getting reddish today. This, according to them, is a sure
sign of improvement.

Ramesh Parmar said that though it was true that gangrene occurs mainly to those suffering from diabetes and diabetes was never detected in Lakshman, it was also possible that Lakshman had diabetes and it had not been detected till date.