Ry­der out of coma, no me­mory of at­tack

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS - WELLING­TON—

New Zealand crick­eter Jesse Ry­der emerged from an in­duced coma Satur­day, but faced “a big bat­tle” ahead as he re­cov­ered from a vi­cious as­sault, his man­ager Aaron Klee said. Ry­der re­quired med­i­cal as­sis­tance to keep breath­ing when he was rushed to hospi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion early Thurs­day morn­ing.

He suf­fered se­ri­ous head and lung in­juries af­ter be­ing at­tacked as he left a bar in the South Is­land city of Christchurch. Two men have been charged with as­sault and po­lice said they were not look­ing for any­one else, although wit­nesses said up to four peo­ple were in­volved in what they be­lieved was an un­pro­voked at­tack. “Jesse’s con­di­tion has im­proved to the ex­tent that he is now out of the in­duced coma and off the ven­ti­la­tor. Jesse is awake and talk­ing to us,” Klee said.

“Nat­u­rally we are thrilled with this progress. This is only the start of the re­cov­ery process for Jesse and there is still a big bat­tle ahead to full health, but the progress is pos­i­tive.” Wit­nesses said Ry­der was left “shak­ing, vom- the at­tack.

“He re­mem­bers get­ting a duck ... not much af­ter that,” he said, re­fer­ring to Ry­der’s dis-

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