Ex-Arsenal academy star in wheelchair and needs 24-hour care after having drink ‘spiked’

The 23-year-old became an electrical service engineer after a football career didn’t take off (Image: GoFundMe)

Nearly three years ago, former Arsenal academy player Daniel Cain suffered a cardiac arrest after his drink was spiked, leaving him hospitalized for two years.

Sadly, he has been left a tetraplegic, unable to move both upper and lower parts of his body voluntarily, and requiring 24-hour care.

The incident occurred in July 2020 when friends noticed that he was looking a “funny colour.”

After his friends administered CPR, paramedics worked on Daniel Cain for 24 hours to revive his heart, but he still remained in a coma for 25 days.

Cain has been through a horrific ordeal. Image: Gofundme

Speaking to theIndependent, mum Tracy said, “When I found out I just went into automatic mum mode. I phoned his father who was at work and his sister came back from Essex.

“At around 3-4 in the morning they tried to prepare us that he wasn’t going to wake up but I said to keep trying. I wasn’t going to accept he wasn’t going to come around.”

Initially, they were informed that if he survived, Daniel Cain would be in a vegetative state. Over the next two and a half years, he was transferred to five different hospitals.

Finally, he moved back home last December and was given an opportunity to learn how to walk again through the assistance of the non-profit organization, Neurokinex.

Daniel getting physio. Image: Gofundme

The family predict that it will cost them around £24,000-a-year and could take him three years to returning to walk on his own.

They have set up a Gofundme page, with the NHS only covering the cost of six sessions, before having to use Neurokinex for the rest of his physio.

Speaking about his physio, Tracey added, “He responds really well – that’s like his happy place when he’s exercising. It’s more frustrating when he isn’t able to do it.”

Writing the profile for the funding page, sister Natalie said, “My lovely baby brother, my only sibling, my Daniel. At 20 years of age, he was incredibly fit and healthy. He was an avid footballer and played for Comets, Hemel Aces and Hemel Town youth FC’S. He also played in the pre-academy development centres for Barnet FC and Arsenal FC.

He’s now wheelchair-bound and requires around-the-clock care (Image: GoFundMe)

“By trade, he is a qualified electrical service engineer. He worked on global and domestic projects:- from Google Offices in Germany to Cross Rail at Bond Street Station, London; Daniel was thriving in the early years of his career.

“…At 23 years of age, Daniel is not giving up. He has the opportunity to regain the full use of his legs, to stand and walk once again, and to achieve total independence via an organisation called Neurokinex, in Hemel Hempstead, near his home.

“This will involve a lot of intensive and expensive rehabilitation therapy, but we are determined to help Daniel thrive once again.

“Your donation will make a world of difference to Daniel for the rest of his life and can be made through this gofundme page for any amount.

“…Even £1 will help towards Daniels’ recovery. If you are unable to donate, that’s fine and you can still be part of Daniels’ journey by kindly sharing the link with your contacts, as this would also help immensely and mean so much to me and my little brother.”

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