Five-time Grammy Award-winner Christopher Cross has revealed his battle with coronavirus left him temporarily paralysed.
The US singer-songwriter – best known for his song Sailing – said his fight with the virus saw him deal with the ‘darkest’ days he’s ever experienced as he almost died.
‘It was the worst 10 days of my life. And I couldn’t walk, could barely move,’ he told CBS Sunday Morning.
Christopher, 69, said he and his girlfriend started to get symptoms after a trip to Mexico City and proceeded to test positive.
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The Arthur’s Theme singer began feeling better after three weeks and was well enough to go to the supermarket.
However, his legs stopped working when he returned home.
Christopher was then diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, which was believed to be brought on by the virus.
He said it nearly killed him and he was terrified he would never walk again.
He continued: ‘It was certainly the darkest of times for me, you know? It really was touch-and-go, and tough.’
‘So yeah, my walking is affected. My speech at times can be affected. Memory is a big deal, too. Just neurologically, I’m kind of a little foggy, you know?’
The father-of-three – who has been sharing his progress on his Instagram – said that most people with the disorder heal ‘about 90% to 100% in around a year.
He went on to discuss the importance of staying safe and wearing a mask, saying he wanted to show how ‘big of a deal’ the coronavirus is.
‘I felt it was sort of my obligation to share with people: “Look, this is a big deal. Like, you’ve got to wear your mask. You’ve got to take care of each other. Because, you know, this could happen to you.”‘
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