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Kai Sakakibara‘s family admits they were not sure if he would turn 24 this month. But six months after a terrible BMX accident that left him in a coma, he managed to run short distances and even play a modified version of table tennis.
#KaiFight77 A message regarding Kai Sakakibara from his family; Martin, Yuki and Saya.
Please keep thinking of Kai Sakakibara and stay with his family on his journey over the months ahead.
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Cyclist bound for Tokyo was hospitalized for eight weeks
The cyclist bound for Tokyo was hospitalized for eight weeks after the accident before heading to a rehabilitation center in April to begin the long journey home.
Today, Sakakibara is able to speak, walk short distances with help and even help her sister and aspiring Olympian Saya in her own training.
“Fourteen weeks after the accident, Kai finally managed to get up for the first time with help,” said the family’s statement.
“It was a big step for us and it gave us hope that he could get back to work.
“There was a time when we were not sure that he would see his next birthday.”
Sakakibara lost 20 kg
Sakakibara lost 20 kg in the hospital and had to relearn most things due to short-term memory loss.
But last week he managed to hit the table tennis ball over the net 284 times.
“Kai loves challenges and it’s great to be able to relax and have fun,” says the statement.
“(It is) a long process and we still don’t know how the game will end … one step at a time, one moment at a time … come on.”