’37 days in hospital, three surgeries and finally he’s on his way home!’: Delighted Ben Stokes posts snap with his dad Ged as he heads back to New Zealand after being taken seriously ill in South Africa two days before Christmas

  • Ged Stokes is on his way home after a lengthy hospital stay due to a bad illness 
  • Ben Stokes’ father was in critical condition after being rushed to hospital
  • He spent over a month in South Africa to recover and had three surgeries

Ben Stokes’ father Ged is finally on his way home to New Zealand after being taken to hospital two days before Christmas last month. 

He was deemed to be in critical condition at one stage before being stabilised, and Stokes missed England training on Christmas Eve to be with him before joining back up with the squad for their Boxing Day Test against South Africa

’37 days in hospital, three surgeries and he’s finally on his way home,’ Stokes said on Instagram on Wednesday, accompanied by a pic with his dad. ‘You are strong and you are stubborn which is why you are still with us. I am so proud to be your son.

A delighted Ben Stokes is welcoming his father home from hospital after a lengthy stay

Ben Stokes missed an England training session to be at his father's bedside in hospital

Ben Stokes missed an England training session to be at his father’s bedside in hospital

‘And as for you mam, behind every man is a stronger woman, you are incredible.’ 

Stokes snr had traveled to South Africa to watch the Test match at Centurion, but fell seriously ill and was taken to hospital in Johannesburg. 

He was eventually taken out of intensive care, but remained in hospital for over a month while he recovered. 

Stokes sent out a thank you message to South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith and coach Mark Boucher, who offered their help during the trying period. 

Ben Stokes produced heroics in Cape Town, and put the victory down to his father

Ben Stokes produced heroics in Cape Town, and put the victory down to his father

He also thanked the doctor, saying Dr Gavin Shang ‘has been incredible and couldn’t have done anymore for my dad and the family at the hospital in Johannesburg.’ 

Stokes put his efforts in England’s dramatic fifth-day victory in Cape Town a few weeks later down to his father, saying he was ‘always in the back of my mind.’

‘I was thinking that he came out here to watch me and unfortunately he’s not been able to so there was a lot more to my efforts in this game, doing it for him.’

England’s next challenge will be a tour of Sri Lanka in March. 

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