Wilson Jones battles for life What's
the use of becoming a world champion if I end up like this?’’ India’s first
world champion in any sport told his wife Peggy a few months after he
suffered a major stroke two years ago.
Peggy recollects the good times, because now, Wilson Jones can’t even
speak to her. Staring at the floor of their Bhatia Hospital
ward in Tardeo, Peggy seems to be reliving the
glorious days. The numerous trophies back
in Sportsfield, Worli,
cannot foot the huge bills the couple has been paying for Jones’
ailment. "He never cut a penny
for himself. He always played by the rules and whatever savings he had, is
going into his treatment,’’ says Peggy. ‘‘We have been married for 52 years
and I see that he is frustrated because he was never dependent on anyone.
Also, the memory lapses he goes through makes me feel sad,’’ says Peggy. Even seven-year-old granddaughter Lily has
been missing him. ‘‘Lily is so upset that she is not allowed to meet her
grandfather,’’ said daughter-in-law Julia.
Doctor Nitin Sampat,
who has been treating the former billiards champion for some time, says he is
not responding as well as he did earlier. ‘‘He has a tumor in the pituitary
region. He also suffers from diabetes, blood pressure. “The last time he came to me, he responded
well and improved quickly. This time, he is not coming out well. We will keep
him under observation for another eight to 10 days,’’ Sampat