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Bangabandhu’s beloved hockey star Mohsin struggles to pay hospital bills

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  • 4 February, 2019 12:00 AM
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Bangabandhu’s beloved hockey star Mohsin struggles to pay hospital bills
Tahseen Ahmed Galib, left, son of former Bangladesh Hockey player Md Mohsin visits his father who is undergoing treatment at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital in the capital on Sunday. — SUN PHOTO

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Former Bangladesh National Hockey Team right half Md Mohsin is fighting with death following a sudden breakdown of health on January 25. He was admitted to Bangladesh Medical College Hospital (BMCH) and the doctors immediately put him in ICU (Intensive Care Unit).

BMCH ICU Chief Dr Md Abdur Rahman reported that the 70-year old sportsman and sports organiser has been plagued by a plethora of diseases as he suffered from a kidney failure on 1985 followed by an open heart surgery on 2002. Heart issues kept ahold of him since the surgery. As his situation rapidly went downhill, recently he was admitted to BMCH. Though his health improved slightly since then, his condition is still very delicate.

“He is still in a critical condition. He is suffering from a multitude of diseases. He still has not regained normal heartbeat rate. His blood pressure is also going down. We are trying hard to keep his blood pressure stable,” said Rahman.

Md Mohsin’s son Tahsin Ahmed Galib has been overwhelmed as he has to go through these tough times and prayed to the almighty for a miracle as his funds have already run out and they desperately need immediate monetary assistance to keep his father alive.

“Now we have left everything to hands of Almighty. As my father will have to remain admitted in hospital for a long period, we are transferring him to BSMMU (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University),” said Galib.

The cost of Md Mohsin’s treatment has been a heavy weight to tow for his family as Galib helplessly yet with some middle-class hesitancy, asked for help. They need urgent assistance from the compassionate sections of the society.

“See, now we have to pay them (BMCH) some eighty thousand taka before they will discharge Abbu. The cost of treatment is becoming unbearable for us. My father doesn’t have any property other than his ancestral home. I work for a private organisation which gives me a nominal salary. How is it possible for me to bear these humongous bills with my meager salary? (Breaks down crying) Once, my father was a famous hockey player. He was also the blue-eyed boy of Bangabandhu. Is there no one who can help us in this hour of need,” asked Galib.

Bangladesh Hockey Federation General Secretary Abdus Sadeque was part of Dhaka Abahani’s deadly trio as centre half which also included Md Mohsin as right half and Ibrahim Saber as left half. Sadeque told reporters that Mohsin was very close to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and urged everyone to come forward to save a true compatriot of Bangabandhu.

“Mohsin was dear to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangabandhu used to adore him just like his own child. Mohsin was the security office of Bangabandhu. As Mohsin was a great driver, Bangabandhu used to opt for Mohsin for driving whenever he used to go anywhere. For his closeness to Bangabandhu and Sheikh Kamal, there was a plan to kill him following 1975 massacre. He narrowly escaped death by seeking refuge abroad,” stated Sadeque.

The illustrious hockey player’s career spanned across couple of decades as he was part of Bangladesh National Hockey Team while earlier he was part of East Pakistan Hockey Team. Md Mohsin was also the instructor of Bangladesh team for Asia Cup 1985 which was hosted in Bangladesh. He was awarded with National Sports Award on 2009. Mohsin was a student of Armanitola School which is famous for gifting Bangladesh some of the best hockey players to date.