Veteran athlete Mann Kaur racing against time

Centenarian diagnosed with gall bladder and liver cancer | Age a big hurdle in her treatment

Deepankar Sharda ~ Tribune News Service ~ Chandigarh, July 6

“Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you’re aboard, there’s nothing you can do,” these words from former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir say a lot about the struggles of centenarians when they start living with a deadly disease.

No one had ever thought that 105-year-old Mann Kaur, the veteran athlete who holds world record in various events in the 100 plus age category, despite following a healthy lifestyle and strict diet would one day be in the grip of cancer.

Mann was diagnosed with gall bladder and liver cancers in February. The centenarian is on liquid diet and has been pulling through the disease with the help of homeopathic medicines, as operation is not an option for the people of her age, said her 82-year-old son Gurdev Singh. Gurdev claimed he had approached Kayakalp Himalayan Institute for Yoga & Naturopathy, Palampur (Himachal Pradesh), and Sanjeevani Kaya Shodhan Sansthan, Gohana (Haryana), for her mother’s treatment “but they refused, probably due to her age”.

“Things have been tough. We don’t need any monetary help, but if these centres can help her recover (Mann) through naturopathy, it will be great. As of now, she is doing fine with the homeopathy medicines,” said Gurdev...

...Pandemic hit her hard

  • Her son Gurdev says pandemic strained Mann mentally
  •  “Our diet was very specific and homemade. I am shocked how she got cancer,” he said.
  •  “Earlier, she used to go around the world. Every 15 days, she used to participate in events. However, since pandemic, she lost it all. She felt alone and this has put a lot of stress on her health,” said Gurdev.

Mann’s journey

  • Mann started athletics at the age of 93 and received the Nari Shakti Puraskar from the President at the age of 103.
  • In 2016, she was declared the fastest centenarian at a competition in the American Masters Games.
  • Mann and her son are also among the prominent personalities of the ‘Fit India Movement’.

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