Se­ri­ous head in­jury to com­men­ta­tor

The Dominion Post - - Sport -

Lead­ing New Zealand cricket com­men­ta­tor Bryan Wad­dle has re­vealed he suf­fered a se­ri­ous head in­jury while hol­i­day­ing in Hawaii that has taken him months to re­cover from.

Wad­dle told New Zealand Her­ald of his hol­i­day hell that left him think­ing he might be on the edge of death. Even three months on he says he was still feel­ing the ef­fects of the prob­lem that left him with se­ri­ous con­cus­sion is­sues.

Wad­dle, 68, lost his sight in one eye for weeks on end and even needed a handrail to be in­stalled in his Welling­ton home to en­sure he did not suf­fer fur­ther dam­age if he fell down the stairs.

He has lit­tle rec­ol­lec­tion of the ac­ci­dent which hap­pened on July 11 and was be­lieved to have oc­curred af­ter he got up to get a drink on a hot night.

‘‘I as­sume I got out to have a drink of wa­ter be­cause there was wa­ter on the ta­ble be­side where they picked me up from,’’ he said.

His wife and daugh­ter heard a loud crash and found him ly­ing un­con­scious.

Wad­dle was taken by am­bu­lance to Queen’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter hos­pi­tal, where he was in an out of con­scious­ness for about 48 hours.

He spent 10 days in hos­pi­tal while un­der­go­ing nu­mer­ous tests and MRI scans be­fore he was re­leased and al­lowed to fly home. His re­turn to New Zealand was fol­lowed by on­go­ing headaches and fa­tigue as he bat­tled to over­come the symp­toms of con­cus­sion.

How­ever, his vi­sion re­turned to nor­mal about a month ago and he was back in the com­men­tary box last week for the open­ing round of Plun­ket Shield at the Basin Re­serve where Welling­ton beat Auck­land.

He now says he was ‘‘up and ready to go’’ to call the first test be­tween New Zealand and the West Indies at the Basin Re­serve start­ing De­cem­ber 1.

Bryan Wad­dle was back in the com­men­tary box last week.

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