Ryder out of coma & talking; has no memory of punch-up
Ryder, the 28-year-old Wellington all-rounder, was admitted to Christchurch Hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning after suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, in an attack outside a bar.
He was in a critical condition and was put into an induced coma, but by Friday, Klee said Ryder was stable and had given doctors a thumbs-up.
On Saturday, Klee said: “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, but he is obviously still working through the immediate effects from being in the coma and the drugs the medical team have been using.
“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.”
Ryder couldn’t recall what happened in the attack. “He remembers getting a duck... not much after that,” Klee said, referring to Ryder’s dismissal during his Wellington side’s season-ending loss earlier in the day to Canterbury in a limited overs match. Police investigating the incident confirmed two men — a 20-year-old and a 37-year-old who are related — would appear in court on April 4 after being charged with assault.
Police believe Ryder was involved in an altercation with two people outside Aikmans bar in the Christchurch suburb of Merivale shortly after 12.30am local time on Thursday morning, and was then assaulted by one of the two, who followed him towards the car park of a nearby McDonald’s. Ryder, a controversial figure whose career has been plagued by off-field incidents, is on an indefinite break from international cricket and has not played for New Zealand since February last year.
He has admitted in the past that alcohol has contributed to his off-field problems and it was confirmed that he was drinking with his Wellington teammates in the bar before he was attacked.
Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa. He played on Wednesday for the Wellington Firebirds in the major preliminary final against Canterbury Wizards at Hagley Oval. He was due to fly out to India this week to compete for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. He represented Pune Warriors in the last IPL edition.