Rice: It's a miracle I'm alive

2015-03-17 11:30
Clive Rice (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former South African cricketer Clive Rice says the successful robotic radiation treatment he received in India for his cancer-related brain tumour was nothing short of a miracle.

CLICK HERE to watch EWN's full interview with Clive Rice

The 65-year-old ex-all rounder recently returned to South Africa after receiving treatment for his brain tumour at Bangalore’s Health Care Global Hospital.

Rice collapsed at his home before a game of golf last month and had to rush to India after being told he couldn't be treated in South Africa.

In an interview with EWN, Rice spoke about his condition and the special treatment he received in India.

"They were brilliant. I had three treatments which were an hour long. I was tied down onto a table and this cyber-knife machine was floating around, and then specifically targeting that cancer cell in my brain, and radiating it to take it out.

"From being in a state where they told you you're basically going to die... well that's what we're all going to do, but I'm not in a hurry to die... (but) through this treatment we managed to sort it out.

"You can't believe how professional they were, and the team of doctors that I had that were doing it, every day now you wake up and you just feel better and better. I was very happy with what happened. In fact, it's a miracle."

Rice's career coincided directly with South Africa's sporting isolation, and his international experience was limited to his post-prime days.

He played three One Day Internationals for South Africa following the country's return from sporting isolation - against India in 1991.

Mere months later he was controversially left out of the squads for the one-off Test against the West Indies and the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

(Pictures: Clive Rice - Facebook)

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