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Indian national-level archer battling for her life without government support

Gohela Boro at her residence even though she has been adviced to be admitted to hospital for immediate treatment Photograph: (Facebook)

WION Delhi, India Apr 07, 2017, 12.04 PM (IST)

Indian archer Gohela Boro, from the state of Assam, is suffering from a mysterious illness since last November. Sadly, no support has come from the State or Centre. She has in all won around 72 medals in various national-, state- and district-level archery competitions. 

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 is currently battling for her life at her residence.

Department of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology deals with arthritis and other connective tissue disorders or autoimmune disorders.

Recently, the issue came to light on social media where many started spreading her story asking for people to contribute for her medical expenses.


Her friends and family are saddened at her plight and one was quoted by a local newspaper, Guwahati Plus, as saying: “It is very shameful that even when there are hundreds of government hospitals across the state, this talented sportsperson, who brought glory to Assam, has to suffer inhuman conditions because no one comes to her rescue. Gohela stands as a symbol of our pride, our talent and our dignity. The government must come forward to help before her health deteriorates further.”

Gohela Boro hails from the New Amguri village in Kokrajhar, Assam. She became a household name after she won several competitions in archery. She joined the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Kokrajhar in 2008. 


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