Daniel Cain once hoped for a career as a professional soccer player. However, a knockout drop incident changed his life completely.
Daniel Cain was a fit and young footballer who went through the youth departments of Arsenal FC and Barnet FC. But one evening in June 2020 should change everything. Cain’s heart stopped beating for 24 minutes, and the Englishman was then in a coma for 25 days. Knockout drops changed the future of the now 23-year-old forever.
On the night of June 9, 2020, Cain’s friends noticed that they said his face was a “strange color” and he didn’t wake up when they tried to wake him. They tried unsuccessfully to revive him while the ambulance was on its way. After 24 long minutes, his heart finally started beating again, but his brain and spinal cord were not getting enough oxygen in the meantime, resulting in serious damage.
“He was with a lot of people and there was a lot going on that night. We think he was drugged,” Tracey Cain, Daniel’s mother, told the Independent. “When I found out, I automatically went into mother mode. Around 3 or 4 in the morning, they prepared us for him not to wake up again, but I said we should keep trying.”
Cain lay in a coma for 25 days, the family’s hopes grew smaller by the day – until the miracle happened: “When he woke up, he couldn’t do anything, he couldn’t move – he was like a newborn. But the nurses told us that he followed their movements with his eyes, so they told us that there was still life in him,” his mother said.
“I thought I was in Barbados”
“The first thing I remember when I woke up was dreaming I was in Barbados. When I woke up it was sunny so I thought I was in Barbados. Then I found out what had happened ‘ Cain observed Sky Sportsreturn. The Englishman spent most of his time alone in the hospital due to the corona pandemic and had to learn to speak and walk again. But Cain and his family stayed strong, after two and a half years Cain was finally allowed to return home.
He now needs help around the clock, but his mother is happy to help him through everyday life. The family finances the expensive treatments via an appeal to GoFundMe, a therapy costs between 1,000 and 2,000 euros. The family and Cain are grateful for all the support, now they can look ahead: “The advice from the hospital was that life after an injury isn’t better or worse, just different. And that it’s better to look forward than dealing with what could have been,” says Daniel Cain. An impressive take by an impressive man.