A knee injury which sidelined Lasith Malinga from Cricket has apparently been miraculously cured by a doctor in Sri Lanka.
It was a little over four months ago Cricinfo reported that a MRI scan to Malinga's injured knee injury had revealed no improvement.
Despite treatment in Australia the Sunday Leader(LK) reports Malinga as stating there was no significant improvement to his injury.
"I was sent to Australia and underwent treatment over there. I was treated by Dr. David Young. Dr. Young gave me medication along with the saline drip. I found that the pain lessened. The pain was not as unbearable as it is used to be, but it certainly did not go away. I could not walk, or climb staircases and found it difficult to get up from a sitting position," remembered a bright-eyed Malinga, his memories about his dark times in life, equally clear in his mind.
"I was asked not to run. And I was not going to run anyway, because I could not run. I was given the assurance by several people that I will get better and that all I needed was some rest," recalled Lasith Malinga.
How then did this miraculous recovery occur you ask? The following is a few excerpts of his interview with the Sunday Leader. The full article can be found here.
And it was just two weeks ago that he received the telephone call that changed his life. The telephone call was from none other than President Mahinda Rajapakse.
"Despite all the work and the numerous engagements and the commitments that President Mahinda Rajapakse had he took the time to give a telephone call and requested my captain and manager to convey to me that he - the President- needed to speak to me.
"I could not get over the shock and in amazement, I telephoned the President," remembers Lasith Malinga.
"Inquiring in a very concerned manner as to what was wrong with my leg, he requested that I be present at Temple Trees on a given date. I was surprised and did not know what awaited me," said Malinga.
When Lasith Malinga hobbled along to Temple Trees, he was greeted very warmly by the President.
"Together with the President was a fair, tall gentleman. He told me that his name was Dr. Eliyantha White and that he was the President's personal physician. Then I remembered the name. I had read several newspaper articles about him and his powers and about how he had cured several people.
"I am not a person to believe in this kind of thing. But honestly it is amazing. I just can't think what happened and how he did it. The pain has gone away," said Malinga.
"After six months of X-rays, MRIs and bone scans, if this one person whom the President arranged for me to get treatment from could make me better in four days - then I really don't know what it is. Truly it is a dream-treatment come true," said Lasith Malinga.
"I am truly grateful to President Mahinda Rajapakse for being so considerate as to arrange this treatment for me through his personal physician. I owe a debt to President Mahinda Rajapakse, amidst all the things that are happening in this country, the President had time for me - he took time to arrange this treatment for me.
"I am truly grateful to the President and Dr. Eliyantha White for it is they who have sent me back to the cricket field. I take this opportunity to thank President Mahinda Rajapakse and Dr. Eliyantha White for giving me back my career, for without cricket I would have been lost in life," said Malinga.