Chelsea icon Paul Canoville has revealed doctors did not expect him to survive following a serious health scare which left him in a six-week coma.
Speaking publicly for the first time since an emergency operation on a blocked valve resulted in life-threatening complications earlier this year, Chelsea’s first ever black player tells talkSPORT ‘it was a close one’.
His dramatic life after football has seen him beat off drug addiction and cancer – and Canoville is now recovering at home after pulling through his latest scare.
“This is a slow process, it’s not one of those operations I’ve had in the past where I’ve recovered quickly,” he told White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
“This was a close one, Jim. I’m just realising it. The doctors who were doing the surgery kept telling me they didn’t think I would come through.
“I’m glad to be at home, resting with my partner Sue. You don’t get anyone better than that.
“It was a blocked valve. I had this pain and I knew it was familiar. I tried to sleep it off and take some paracetamol, but no, I had to go straight in.
“I had a CT scan and right away, they said they were going to operate. Before I knew it, that was it. Down in the anaesthetic room, three operations.
“As far as I know, my sister had the information every day from the doctors, I was in a coma for six weeks.
“You can imagine I’ve lost a lot of weight, I was on a drip that whole time.”
Chelsea fan group ‘We Are The Shed’ funded and produced a banner for Canoville which hangs over the corner flag at Stamford Bridge.
It reads ‘The Canners Way’ – and was unveiled before the 2-0 victory over Newcastle last month, while the former winger was in a critical condition.
Blues supporters weren’t the only well-wishers as talkSPORT listeners phoned in with their own messages of support for Canoville.
And the Englishman expressed his deepest thanks to everyone who showed their concern.
“I’d like to thank everyone on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and everyone who sent those get well messages to me. It meant a lot,” he added.
“The cards I received in hospital and especially I want to thank the ICU, all those doctors who were involved, I really thank you.
“How am I still here? Because God is good and there’s a reason. He’s got a path laid out for me. Until I get fully fit, listen out for Canners.
“I’d like to say thank you to the talkSPORT listeners for their concerns. Listening and knowing that people were sending out their wishes meant a lot to me. It put a smile on my face.
“I was on a hospital bed and didn’t know if I was coming through, but to hear those that were concerned, I couldn’t believe the amount of people.
“The Shed End boys who put that banner up for the Chelsea game, it was unbelievable and so appreciated.”
In a hard-hitting interview, Canoville reveals the vivid dreams he experienced during his induced coma, all the while being able to hear a nurse’s voice.
He added: “You know you have dreams and it feels like you’re right there? I had this dream I was in the Caribbean, feeling the water, holding this boat party, thinking, ‘This is great, this is brilliant!’
“All in my ear I kept hearing, ‘Paul, Paul – do you know where you are?’ And I said, ‘Hell yeah, I’m in the Caribbean!’
“All that time, I was in Chelsea and Westminster hospital.”
By: Sean O’Brien
Title: Paul Canoville reveals doctors didn’t think he would survive six-week coma as Chelsea icon thanks fans for banner
Sourced From: talksport.com/football/850865/paul-canoville-doctors-six-week-coma-chelsea-fans-banner/
Published Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 12:03:51 +0000
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