26-y-o national cricketer suffers stroke
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaican cricketing fraternity has been rocked by news that national all-rounder Yannick Elliott is in hospital recuperating after suffering a stroke during the Easter Holidays.
Elliott, who is a member of Melbourne Cricket Club, was reportedly at home on Sunday and complained of not feeling well.
The Observer was told that he was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies that same night before being transferred to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) early Monday morning.
Melbourne CC president Neville Atkinson confirmed that the 26-year-old had a “mild stroke” that is affecting his left hand in particular.
“He suffered a mild stroke, I would say. I went to the KPH today (Wednesday)... the doctor says that he has a clot somewhere in the brain, but they are not sure as to what caused it so they are running some tests
and we are awaiting the results,” Atkinson said.
Atkinson remained positive that Elliott would be released from hospital shortly.
“The left hand moves but it is not very strong. He has all his faculties in place and he remembers things and can hold a conversation.
“They (the medical personnel) haven’t said when he will be released, but we expect that it will be shortly. The doctor says that he is still under observation and he will need to take a rest from cricket,” the club president said.
Elliott, who has played three 50-overs and two Twenty20 matches for Jamaica, grabbed 2-49 in a win over the Leeward Islands a week ago at Sabina Park.
— Sanjay Myers