Tokyo Paralympics bronze medalist Sharad Kumar diagnosed with heart inflammation

Tokyo Paralympics bronze medalist Sharad Kumar was admitted to AIIMS after he complained of chest contraction and was later diagnosed with heart inflammation.

The Indiana Paralympics athlete Sharad Kumar who won the bronze medal in the men’s T42 high jump has been diagnosed with heart inflammation and will have to undergo a few more tests. Sharad who places third in the T42 men’s high jump on the 31st of August was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after he had complained of chest contractions last week.  

“The earlier reports showed that I have an Inflammation in my heart,” said Sharad to PTI earlier today. “I have come back here for more tests. Since I live just 10 minutes away, I had asked the hospital authorities to allow me to go home,’ he added. 

The 29-year-old who now stays in Chhatarpur was discharged from the hospital facility earlier this week but was called back for further more tests and is yet to receive the reports of it. Sharad was administered a spurious polio vaccine as a toddler has his leg paralysed. Despite suffering from a knee injury in training a day before his Olympic event, Sharad went on to compete in the Games and claimed a third-place finish to secure a bronze medal. He later revealed that he had thoughts of pulling out of the competition due to a last-minute injury. He phoned back home to tell his father about the situation, which his father responded with positive words for his son to display an excellent jump which was recorded at 1.83 meters high to win bronze.

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