RIGOBERT SONG OUT OF COMA, FLOWN TO FRANCE FOR TREATMENT
Former Cameroon international Rigobert Song is out of coma and now all set for treatment at an undisclosed French hospital.
The former Lens player suffered from stroke of aneurysm in the early hours of Monday before being admitted at Centres Des Agences de Yaoundé where he spent close to a day.
The 40-year-old’s condition had his immediate family holding an all night vigil to speed up his spiritual recuperation. The hospital he was being held in was the scene of tight security with some part of the emergency section of the referral partially cordoned off to fend off curious onlookers and news-hunting journalists.
Staffs of the Centres Des Agences de Yaoundé were forced to produce identity cards to get any close to the unit the erstwhile Liverpool defender is placed in, owing to huge interest in the player’s condition according to reports emanating there.
However, latest development regarding the ex-defender and Cameroon captain’s case has it that Song is out of coma and is now breathing on his own.
Two fresh pictures also emerged of him on twitter with one appearing to show the retired footballer sitting up in hospital bed and the other seeing him being supported by medics on a plane bound for France.
The Cameroonian government arranged a private jet for the player’s airlifting and are understood to have also forked out $ 100,000 to foot the bill of Rigobert’s healthcare.
Outpouring of solidarity messages
There was outpouring of solidarity messages from the football family for the ex-defender.
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former club Liverpool FC said today over Twitter.
Samuel Eto’o said: ‘I wish you courage and a speedy recovery big brother.’
Yaya Toure said on facebook: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with Rigobert Song and his family at this difficult time.’
With a career spanning as far back 1994 with spells at Metz Saliminata Liverpool, West Ham Koln, Lens, Galatasaray , Song has made a total four hundred and seventeen club appearances hanging up his boots in 2010 following a three-year spell with Turkish Trabzonspor.
He has 137 caps since breaking onto the Cameroon first team in 1993, scoring five times. He managed Chad last year guiding the Le Saos in the first-leg win over Egypt before losing in the return fixture.
Song was a part of Cameroon Indomitable Lions technical set up prior to this incident in his life.
Featured Photo: Rigobert Song (Trabzonspor) (trabzonspor.org.tr)