Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

Jesse Ryder attacked: Cricketer thanks fans after coming out of coma

Jesse Ryder attacked: Cricketer thanks fans after coming out of coma

Jesse Ryder was out of coma but did not have any memory of the attacks on him outside a bar in Christchurch © Getty Images

Wellington: Mar 31, 2013

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder issued his first public statement since walking out of coma and told his supporters he is “OK”.

According to a report on stuff.co.nz, the Kiwi batsman was moved from intensive care into a Christchurch Hospital ward as his condition improved.

Ryder thanked since his fans for support in the first public statement since being assaulted outside a Christchurch bar early on Thursday morning.

”I just want to let everyone know that I’m OK. I feel heaps better today but still really tired. I’ve been reading your messages that have been sent so thank you to everyone for thinking of me over the last few days. I want to thank everyone who has been caring for me at the hospital – they have been awesome. Thank you to my family and friends who have been here also,” Ryder’s statement said.

”It is time for Jesse to focus on his recovery and getting back to full health,” Aaron Klee, Ryder’s manager, said.

The troubled cricketer was surrounded by family and friends as doctors woke him and took him off a ventilator about 10 am.

He is able to talk, but has no recollection of the attack outside Aikmans Bar in the Christchurch suburb of Merivale that left him with life-threatening head and internal injuries.

“It was emotional for us that we were there to see [him emerge from the coma]. It happens quite quickly once they start changing the level of drugs. Just to see him wake up and acknowledge that you are there and then start asking for people, I guess then you know that he’s there,” Klee added.

Doctors were pleased with Ryder’s progress but had given no indication about how long he would spend in hospital, Klee said.

“They were assessing what sort of damage may have been done but at the moment it very much looks like a very bad concussion. He’s got a bit of damage to his lungs and that’s been the toughest part and that’s what they’ve been most concerned about.”

The last three days had been an emotional roller coaster for family, friends and fans, who initially did not know whether Ryder would make it.

“There’s been tears all week but it was just great to be able to engage with him again,” Klee said.

“We’re all pretty exhausted. It’s been a pretty difficult few days but having some wins over the last 24 hours has been a huge relief.”

Asked what Ryder’s first words were Klee said: “I can’t repeat those. Put it this way, it’s not like it is in the movies where they wake up peacefully and they give everyone a big hug.”

However, as the effects of the drugs subsided he was able to have “good conversations” with family and friends.

Klee told the Sunday Star-Times he had asked Ryder if he had a message for his supporters. “All he said was ‘Get me out of here’ so he’s ready to run before he can walk,” he said.

The 28-year-old was scheduled to fly to India yesterday to take up a $300,000 contract with the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. He would not receive any of that money and was not covered by any insurance other than ACC, Klee said.

Full coverage of the attack on Jesse Ryder in a Christchurch bar

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 17, 2014  at Sharjah

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 16, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 41 runs

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Australia Women won by 6 wkts

Photos

Delhi vs Bangalore match 2, IPL 2014 at Sharjah

Videos

Video Highlights: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders wickets

IPL Statistics and Records: IPL’s First

IPL 2014: Umpire Camera View creates latest buzz in tournament

IPL 7: Vintage Jacques Kallis showed his class for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians

IPL 2014: Capacity crowd at UAE provides glimpse of the T20 league’s huge following

BCCI Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils England India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders Lasith Malinga MS Dhoni Mumbai Indians Royal Challengers Bangalore Virat Kohli

BCCI members to attend crucial meeting

Pakistan Cricket Board bring out strict eligibility rules for appointing coaches

Peter Moores set to become England coach

IPL 2014: Anjinkya Rahane says he was confident of overhauling Sunrisers Hyderabad’s target

Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014, Match 6 Preview: Delhi search for first win

IPL 2014: Rajasthan Royals’ team composition vital for success

Kings XI Punjab’s local talent gives them an added dimension in IPL 2014

Former Australia PM Robert Menzies used cricket to win a case as a lawyer

Naoomal Jaoomal: The man who opened batting in India’s first ever Test

Sony launches ‘IPL Smart Earphone’ to filter crap commentary; calls endeavour CSR

Fan of the Day

Sudatta Mukherjee

Sudatta Mukherjee

1 Posts | 0 Fans

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014 Video Highlights

11 possible causes of coughing up blood

Know what it takes to save your skin during flights

Forcing Steve Jobs out was a mistake: Former Apple CEO John Sculley

Was Sunny Leone desperate to replace Sherlyn Chopra in MTV Splitsvilla?

Mandira Bedi: Gangs of Haseepur has something for all!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 listed on the company’s e-Store at Rs 36,340

Also on cricketcountry.com