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Football ’therapy’ for Dasmunsi

Football ’therapy’ for Dasmunsi
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First Published: Thu, Jun 24 2010. 05 45 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 24 2010. 05 45 PM IST
New Delhi: While the temperatures of the rest of the world are soaring due to world cup fever, one Indian political family is hoping it will have healing effects. West Bengal Congress MP Deepa Dasmunsi, is hoping that the matches will evoke some response from her husband former union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who has been in a coma for the last two years following a heart attack.
Deepa, who contested after her husband was taken ill, has been trying all kinds of alternate medicines to cure Dasmunsi, who was one of the most vibrant ministers in the UPA government’s first stint in power. She has taken him to Germany for stem cell therapy, and also tried more traditional methods such as homoepathy, and yoga, but to no avail.
And now Deepa is trying to see if her husband’s love for football can help in any way. Along with hospital authorities at Apollo, Deepa has arranged a huge television screen with surround sound in Dasmunsi’s room . His family believes that the excitement on the grounds in South Africa may help. Doctors are also hoping that his brain would react to the excitement, especially when his favourite team Brazil plays.
“We know his passion for football. He used to go to watch world cup matches and for the last three four world cups he had worked with FIFA too. He wanted to be in South Afria too. So we are trying if this passion can do something to him,” Deepa Dasmunsi told Mint.
However Deepa said there has not been any improvement up until now, and he has not shown any changes even if he keeps his eyes on the screen.
Dasmunsi was an ardent fan of the Brazil team and headed the All India Football Federation for a long time.
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First Published: Thu, Jun 24 2010. 05 45 PM IST