Anju Bobby George achieved success with a single kidney
Athlete Anju Bobby George, who secured a historic bronze medal in the 2003 World Athletics Championship in Paris, has revealed that she achieved success and reached the top with just a single kidney!
Believe it or not! Athlete Anju Bobby George, who secured a historic bronze medal in the 2003 World Athletics Championship in Paris, has revealed that she achieved success and reached the top with just a single kidney! While revealing one of her biggest secrets, Anju Bobby George said she had many limitations, including being allergic to even a painkiller, but still made it.
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The first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships in Athletics by clearing 6.70 m in Long Jump event, Anju Bobby George took to her Twitter handle to share her secrets with millions of her fans.
The ace athlete shared her picture from the Long Jump event on Twitter and she captioned it as: “Believe it or not, I'm one of the fortunate, among very few who reached the world top with a single KIDNEY, allergic with even a painkiller, with a dead takeoff leg...Many limitations. Still made it. Can we call, the magic of a coach or his talent?"
Coached by her husband Robert Bobby George, Anju said she chose the pandemic season to make this revelation to "motivate" all the sportspersons in the current generation, who are missing their practice and competitions due to the spread of the deadly virus.
Anju came to know she was living with a single kidney during an overall health check-up in Bengaluru in 2001 due to some health issues before starting her international career. She said she complained of fatigue while in Germany for a competition in 2003 and doctors there advised her rest for six months and not to even think about sports.
But it was her husband and coach Bobby who motivated her to continue her career and achieve success. He even offered his kidney as well.
Anju’s tweet started trending within minutes and got the attention of many netizens including the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. Responding In her tweet, Rijiju praised Anju's hard work and sheer determination to bring laurels to India.
“Anju, it’s your hard work, grit, and determination to bring laurels for India supported by the dedicated coaches and the whole technical backup team. We are so proud of you being the only Indian so far to win a medal in the World Athletic Championship!” the minister tweeted.