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Monday, September 04, 2006

A Glorious Career That Came To A Grinding Halt

People who follow table tennis would definitely remember the trauma caused to former national champion V Chandrasekhar as a result of the wrong treatment given by Apollo Hospital.

In September 1984, V. Chandrasekhar, three times national table tennis champion and Arjuna Award winner, went to Chennai's Apollo Hospital for treatment of a seemingly innocuous injury. He needed a minisectomy to remove a loose cartilage in his knee, but in a classic exhibition of callousness during the operation, the oxygen supply was turned off for a few minutes, leading to the death of some brain cells.(A healthy person will not be affected if oxygen supply to the brain is cut off for up to four minutes; seven minutes will kill.)

Chandrasekhar lost his speech, vision and body co-ordination. He slipped into a coma for nearly two months, and was completely blind for over eight. Today, because of narrow field vision, he cannot drive; finds taking the stairs and turning his body difficult. His thought process is lucid, but there's a gap between thought and speech.

Chandrasekhar demanded compensation from Apollo, but they refused. He sued the hospital, the surgeon and the anaesthetist in the Chennai High Court in September 1985 -- and initiated a legal battle that lasted over 10 years. The case was finally settled by the Supreme Court, which awarded Chandrasekhar Rs 19 lakh as compensation in February 1995.

The man has fought against all odds to escape death and has now presented his experiences in the form of a book. The book is aptly titled, My Fight Back From Death’s Door. Let’s hope that Chandra can realize his dream of building a top-notch TT Academy in Chennai.


  • Thanks for the info Kaps. V will be interested in a copy I am sure, will let him know.

    By Blogger Echo/Lavanya, at 8:24 PM  

  • I was going to post the review of the book.

    Have you read the book ? It doesn't mention 'Apollo hospitals' by name anywhere, which was a little weird.

    By Anonymous BNB, at 1:15 AM  

  • Its always the Apollo hospitals that feature in such horrific news all the time and yet remain a top hospital?
    Tht was a saddening piece of info...

    By Blogger ashok, at 1:46 PM  

  • @Echo,
    maybe u can ask V to write in a review in your blog :-)

    I haven't read the book yet. Maybe he doesn't wan't to take panga with Apollo

    very true.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 10:38 AM  

  • Unfortunately by the time I was into TT, Chandru was a wreck. But he had no small role to play in ensuring TN was still a force to reckon with in Indian TT.

    Chandru was a big inspiration as coach/mentor for Ravichandran and his sister Arul Selvi, who were the best doubles specialists for the country.(Others like Raman, Baboor were not part of his Academy I guess though they definitely benefited from his guidance).

    By Anonymous thetalkativeman, at 5:38 AM  

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