Arunima to use financial aid to open sports school

The ill-fated sportswoman undergoes another surgery

The 23-year-old national-level football and volleyball player, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital here, wishes to set up a sports academy for poor and rural children once she fully recuperates.

“Sonu has a dream of setting up a sports academy. Now, as she herself cannot play any longer, I want her dream of setting up the academy to turn into a reality,” said her mother Gyanbala. Though details are yet to be finalised, family sources said Arunima wishes to set up the academy in her native place Akbarpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The sportswoman — a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in UP — lost her leg after being pushed out from Padmavat Express near Bareilly on the night of April 11 by some men who tried to rob her while she was going to Gautam Buddha Nagar to appear in a CISF recruitment examination.

Although the police had registered a case against unidentified people, no arrests had yet been made in this connection. The police is still groping in dark even six days after the incident.

Meanwhile, Arunima underwent another surgery on Sunday at the CSM Medical University in Lucknow following severe infection in her severed limb.

“The surgery was performed on Sonu to make sure that the infection did not spread further'', the varsity officials said. Arunima, was brought to Lucknow from Bareilly on Saturday last, for better treatment.

The doctors had detected infection in her severed limb and they feared that it could spread further if not checked immediately.

Her haemoglobin level had also registered a sharp decline owing to excessive bleeding adding to the worries of the doctors, the officials said. However, they said her condition was stable and she was out of danger. The athlete was also given blood transfusion on Saturday night.

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