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60's Indian footballer Bir Bahadur in coma, family has no money for medicines

60s Indian footballer Bir Bahadur in coma, family has no money for medicines
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Published: 8 April 2020 11:09 AM GMT

Indian footballer Bir Bahadur had the limelight on him during the 60s era on the field. However, very few remember him now and at the age of 75, he is battling with life in coma. The international footballer, who once dominated the field, is no longer able to make ends meet.

His family is struggling while the whole country is under a lockdown owing to coronavirus pandemic. The pension from the Army is inadequate to take care of his wife, Devika, two sons Rohit and Vikram — one unemployed and another working in a private firm with a meagre salary.

Sportstar reported, Bahadur ran into debts after getting his only daughter, Vijayalakshmi, married. He would earn his livelihood by selling 'chaat' and 'paani poori' at the Bolarum locality in Hyderabad.

The forward played with the likes of Peter Thangaraj, Nayeemuddin and Yousuf Khan (from Hyderabad) in the big league was itself a tribute to his class as a player. Former Indian captain Victor Amalraj made a courtesy call to his family on Monday evening and came to know Bahadur was in coma. “Honestly, I was expecting him to be in a position to talk. But felt really sad when I saw him in coma with the family being helpless,” says Amalraj in a chat with Sportstar.

His family is in hope that they will get financial help from different corners so that their condition improves a bit.|

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