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I'm fortunate to be alive -- Lynagh


Michael Lynagh

Michael Lynagh

Michael Lynagh

MICHAEL LYNAGH has acknowledged how lucky he is to be alive after suffering from a stroke two weeks ago.

The former Australia out-half was released from hospital on Monday after progress his neurologist Dr Rob Henderson described as "amazing." It is as yet unclear when he will return to England where he lives.

"I understand how lucky I am," Lynagh said. "I'm just very, very fortunate. As Rob said to me, 'You haven't just dodged a bullet; you've dodged a cannonball.'

"It's been a tough couple of weeks. I must say, I'm very pleased to be here."

"My brain has been damaged in certain places," he said. "45pc of sight to the left has been lost, but, hopefully, over time, my eyesight will improve."

Lynagh yesterday recounted the moments in which he suffered the life threatening stroke. The 48-year-old was having a drink with friends, but when he laughed at a joke while taking a gulp, things went horribly wrong.

"When I finished that, I opened my eyes and couldn't see. I tried to shake my head and clear it and it got worse," Lynagh said. "I was aware of what was going on around me. One of my schoolmates asked if I should call an ambulance. I said: 'I think so, you better'.

"It was fairly scary, but I had communication and thought and speech. Luckily Dr Rob Henderson was on call when I came in. I went to the ICU unit and was in there for six or seven days.

"I was jet-lagged, I was tired and had a pretty severe stroke. It's been a tough couple of weeks. I'm pleased to be standing here in front of you today.''

Irish Independent