Ahmedabad:Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has come to the rescue of his friend Dilbir Singh, who had been bed-ridden since a near fatal accident in 2002, by sponsoring his treatment.
He also came to the city to meet him today after his successful hip-replacement surgery at Shelby Hospital.
Tendulkar had played under-17 cricket with Singh and both are close friends, Singh's sister Sukhbir Kaur said.
"Dilbir has been suffering since his accident in 2002. But now with the hip-replacement his life would be normal again. I am very thankful to Sachin for all his help and support throughout these years," she said.
Tendulkar was paying for Dilbir's treatment, Kaur said, adding "I salute Sachin for his gesture of kindness."
Dilbir's mother Sukhdayal Kaur said she was relieved after the successful operation of her son.
"This is all with god's grace," she said.
Medical Director of the hospital Pankaj Doshi said Dilbir was referred to them by Dr Ananth Joshi, who was earlier associated with the Indian Cricket Board.
"Dr Joshi, after looking at Dilbir's condition suggested hip replacement as the only solution and referred him to Dr J A Pachouri, one of the top most Hip replacement specialist in the country, who is working with us here," Doshi told PTI.
"The operation took around four hours, during which the left hip was replaced. After 8-12 weeks the right hip would be replaced," Doshi said.
He said Dilbir was in coma for nearly six months after his accident and was given steroids as a life saving measure.
"The steroids had a side effect on his hip joints which were destroyed resulting in arthritic problems," Doshi said.
"After the replacement of hips on both the sides, Dilbir would be able perform his routine work normally," he said.