So proud to be your son: Ben Stokes shares emotional post as father recovers from serious illness

England’s World Cup hero took to social media to announce his father left the hospital after recovering from a serious illness.

Ben Stokes’s father, Ged Stokes was admitted to a hospital in Johannesburg with serious illness in December 2019. Ged was in intensive care unit even as the cricket fraternity offered support and prayed for his well being.

Ben Stokes was touring South Africa as part of England’s Test squad. Stokes’s family also accompanied him for the tour when his Ged fell ill.

Even as he was offered by England cricket board to leave the team due to the family situation, Ben Stokes stayed with the team and played a crucial role in helping them beat South Africa 3-1 in a 4-Test series that concluded recently.

Ged Stokes, in an Instagram post from Ben, can be seen on a wheelchair as the England cricketer and his mom are standing behind him.

“37 days in hospital 3 surgery’s and he’s finally on his way home. You are strong and you are stubborn which is why you are still with us. I am so proud to be your son. And as for you mam,behind every man is a stronger women you are incredible. #GedandDeb,” Ben Stokes wrote on Instagram.

Notably, Ben Stokes was declared the Man of the Series in England’s win over South Africa for his all-round performances. Stokes had scored 318 runs from 7 innings in the 4-Test series and picked up 10 wickets.

Stokes was captain Joe Root’s go-to-man as the all-rounder stepped up whenever the team was in trouble. In fact, England had to fight hard as they overturned a 0-1 deficit to clinch the series 3-1.

“The most important thing is the series win. It’s been a roller-coaster with everything that’s going on but I hope my old man is watching this in the hospital bed with a smile on his face,” Stokes had said after receiving his Man of the Series award in Johannesburg.


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