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Former Arsenal Player In A Life Threatening Situation After Drinking Spiked Beer On Night Out

Former Arsenal Player In A Life Threatening Situation After Drinking Spiked Beer On Night Out
Former Arsenal Player In A Life Threatening Situation After Drinking Spiked Beer On Night Out

Former Arsenal Academy Player Left Tetraplegic After Drink was Spiked

Daniel Cain, a former Arsenal academy player and a qualified electrician, was left tetraplegic after his drink was spiked on a night out with friends in June 2020. A cardiac arrest starved his brain of oxygen, leading to serious injuries. Despite being in a coma for 25 days and doctors’ predictions that he would be in a vegetative state even if he woke up, Cain gradually began to regain cognitive function in what his mother described as a “miracle”.

The Road to Recovery

Cain spent two-and-a-half years “bouncing around” different hospitals and care homes before being able to come home. He now uses a wheelchair and needs around-the-clock care. He has been given the opportunity to walk and stand again through an organization called Neurokinex, which provides him with intensive rehabilitation therapy. Although only part-funded by the NHS, the treatment costs more than £60 an hour, totalling between £1,008 to £2,016 per month.

A Gofundme campaign has been launched to help pay for the treatment, which has given Cain hope again. His family is hoping to raise funds to cover the cost of the therapy.

Impact on Daily Life

Arsenal academy player left tetraplegic after suffering cardiac arrest due  to his drink being 'spiked'

Cain’s short-term memory was significantly damaged by his injuries, but his long-term memory is still intact. His mother, Tracey Cain, stated that his long-term memory of things from childhood remains. After more than a year’s wait, Daniel’s family was moved to a suitable home but had to downsize from a three-bed to a two-bed home, meaning his sister Natalie had to move out.

The experience has had a significant impact on Cain’s mental health, and he has been diagnosed with low mood, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He requires a lot of reassurance and jumps at the slightest thing, making counselling an essential part of his treatment.

The Cost of Care

Cain’s rehabilitation sessions are set to last a minimum of two to three years and extend beyond that. However, they cost between £12,096 to £24,192 per year, making them financially challenging for his family.

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