October 5, 2022
Mondali Khumalo ‘fit and strong’ after successful final round of surgery

Former South Africa Under-19s and Kwa-Zulu Natal inland bowler Mondali Khumalo has had a final, successful surgery after being assaulted in Somerset in May. He is now able to walk around without a protective helmet and hopes to be able to return to professional cricket by early next year.

“It was the final piece of the puzzle,” Khumalo’s agent Rob Humphries told ESPNcricinfo. “Now it’s about healing and going back to professional cricket. He’s in great spirits and physically, he’s really good. He can get up and walk. It’s like coming back to the gym and regaining his fitness.” It’s about being able to build from. He’s fit and strong and in a really good place.”

Khumalo, who was on his first visit as a foreign professional to North Peterton Cricket Club, was attacked outside a pub in Bridgewater, near Taunton, where he was celebrating a victory with his teammates. A 27-year-old man was arrested and released on investigation and the case awaits proceeding from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Khumalo was unconscious at the scene and was then placed in an induced coma for four days. He had three operations to relieve pressure and bleeding on the brain. Ten days after being hospitalized, Khumalo stood unaided and was accompanied by his club teammate Lloyd Irish. shared a video of Khumalo holding a sponge ball,

His fourth and final operation was performed on 7 September to replace a fragment of the skull that had been removed for attending to a brain injury. This would have happened sooner, but it was delayed by several weeks after Khumalo contracted Covid-19. He will remain in England until he is cleared to travel, with Humphries aiming for a return in November. Khumalo’s mother and uncle, who traveled from South Africa to England shortly after the attack, have already returned home and Khumalo is in the club’s care.

In June, he organized a crowd-funding campaign to help cover the cost of Khumalo’s treatment, which is chargeable by the NHS, and raised £27,379. Further money will be needed, as his bills have exceeded this amount.

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