Assam’s National Level Archer Neglected By Government Finally Received Help For Her Life Threatening Illness

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Overall, she has won 13 gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals at the national level. At the state level, she has 11 gold and nine bronze medals, and 10 gold and two bronze medals at the district level, among various others.

New Delhi : Gohela Boro, 20-year-old, who started her archery career in 2008 and has a National Games gold in her tally of 77 medals, She was also selected to represent India in international competition before she fell ill,  unfortunately was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Anti Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies last  year. The rare disease has had a severe effect on her body and causes her feet to bleed constantly. Her parents who are daily wagers could not afford to treat her in Private Specialty Hospitals, with time her health was becoming deteriorated.

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After her health suddenly deteriorated in November she was advised to consult doctors in the departments of rheumatology and clinical immunology, either in AIIMS, Delhi, or the Apollo Hospital in Chennai. But the family couldn’t afford either hospital, and Boro was battling for her life at her residence.

No Sports authority or State government official cared to help her until people on social media started campaigning to save her life, finally the message reached to the ears of sleeping authorities. Silchar MP Susmita Dev wrote letters to Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India to extend immediate assistance to Gohela Boro with any financial assistance.

In a country of 1.2 billion people, there are instances where sportspersons have been left to the mercy of the Almighty during their crisis hours. Despite their exemplary performances at the Olympics and other international events, sportspersons quit their love for the game and resort to other professions to earn their living due to paucity of financial assistance. I hope that the Ministry will look into the matter and extend help to the archer at the earliest,” Susmita mentioned in the letter to Sports Minister Vijay Goel.

Finally on 12th April she was shifted to Delhi’s AIIMS, while talking to Irony Of India team over phone, Gohela’s sister Dane Boro confirmed they are receiving all the medical treatments for free, she said they immediately received help from State Government, NGOs she also thanked the people who took their plight to the concerned authorities for saving her sister’s life. She said doctors have started the treatment and are hopeful she will get recovered very soon.

If she had received treatment on the right time, she would had recovered and might have been preparing for her international debut, which is her biggest ambition. But sadly, many athletes end up their careers due to poor economical conditions and no proper support from sports authorities.

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