Rajnath thanks AIIMS doctors for CRPF commander's recovery

Cheetah was in the ICU of the AIIMS trauma centre for over a month, but doctors have now certified him fit to be discharged.

His recovery is said to be nothing short of a miracle.

According to doctors, the hope for vision returning to Cheetah's right eye is "bleak" although vision in his left eye, which to sustained splinter injuries, has been restored. Extremely happy to know that Cheetah has made a miraculous recovery. Within 24 hours of admission, a surgery was conducted to remove a portion of his skull to reduce intra-cranial pressure.

Cheeta had been injured in the gun fight between three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants and a joint team of the CRPF, Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police on 14 February morning in Parraypora village, located in Bandipora district's Hajin area.

However, Cheetah's wife Uma Singh believes not only the medication but his husband's penchant for fitness and his willpower also helped his recovery."He is a very determined person and a fitness freak. That strengthened my faith that he was coming back to me", she said. Cheetah would have to undergo a rehabilitation process in the form of physiotherapy and speech therapy for a few months for complete recovery.

On Wednesday, Rijiju visited Cheetah again in the hospital, thanking doctors and telling the courageous soldier that his fight will inspire others in the forces.

Cheetah had first been taken to the military hospital in Srinagar but was later airlifted to New Delhi.

Cheetah, a Commanding Officer of the 45th battalion on March 16, Cheetah was shifted to normal ward from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was also taken off the ventilator.

Subsequently, they said, the wounds were covered with skin grafting by the plastic surgery team. Home Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to hail the courage of the officer and said he wants to see Cheeta back in action.

"He is an example of the grit of a warrior", said Anurag Srivastava, chief of the AIIMS Trauma Centre.

  • Lila Blake