Wellington, Mar 30 (ANI): New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been taken out of his induced coma and is talking with family and friends, but the opening batsman has no remembrance of the attack which left him fighting for his life.
Ryder, who has been removed from a ventilator, emerged from the coma on Saturday morning with family at his bedside and is likely to remain in intensive care for one more day, Stuff.co.nz reports.
Ryder had suffered a fractured skull and other injuries after being attacked by up to four people outside a Christchurch bar in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Ryder's manager Aaron Klee said seeing him emerge from the coma was emotional for them to see that, adding it happened quite quickly once they start changing the level of drugs.
Klee added just to see him wake up and acknowledge that you were there and then start asking for people he guesses then you know that he is there, adding they are all pretty exhausted and it has been a pretty difficult few days, but having some wins over the last 24 hours has been a huge relief.'
Klee further said Ryder had a knock to the head and so they were assessing what sort of damage that may have done, but at the moment it very much looks like a very bad concussion.
The manager further said Ryder 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, adding they are absolutely thrilled with the progress.
When asked what Ryder's first words were Klee said he can't repeat those and 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, adding it takes a while there's a lot of confusion and he was dazed.
Klee added since then Ryder had been having good conversations with people, adding he had no recollection of the attack and all he remembers is getting a duck for Wellington against Canterbury and not much after that. (ANI)