For her little son in hospital, Mary Kom wins another gold medal

As five-time world boxing champion M C Mary Kom fought Asian champion Kim Myong Sim in the title bout at the Asian Cup women's boxing tournament in Haikou, China, little Khupneivar cheered for mummy from his hospital bed in Chandigarh.

Khupneivar, not yet four years old, will undergo cardiac surgery at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh on Thursday. Mary, who is rushing back to be with her son, had promised to win the gold for her family, said her husband, Omler Kom.

"It was an emotional decision for her to leave before our son's surgery," Omler said. "But she promised me she would get the top spot, and I am happy that she did."

Mary beat her North Korean opponent 4-3 in the 48-kg title bout today. Omler, who is in Chandigarh with Khupneivar, followed the match on the Internet.

The family came to know of the problem in Khupneivar's heart a couple of months ago. After consulting with a doctor friend who is now based in Chandigarh, Mary decided to have the procedure done at PGI, which is close to NIS, Patiala, where she has been training.

"We have many friends in Chandigarh," said Omler, 37, who has travelled to Chandigarh with Khupneivar, leaving his twin brother, Rechungvar, back home in Imphal.

"We sometimes call Khupneivar 'Naidu', which means 'beloved son' in the Manipuri language," Omler said. "Our boys started boxing wearing toy gloves a few months ago... Mary wants to win the Olympic gold medal for both of them."

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