The past few weeks have seen significant health hurdles overcome by singer Christopher Cross.
First, the “Sailing” singer was stricken with a case of coronavirus in early April, which sprang up as the COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping the world. Cross characterized the experience as “possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had,” and while the virus was contained by his medical team, it induced a case of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, leaving him temporarily paralyzed.
On Wednesday, Christopher Cross sent out another update to fans, this one coming as he is apparently through the woods, so to speak, with the coronavirus — but is still recovering from the paralysis.
“I’m happy to say I’m doing better. I am well over COVID-19 and my health issues at this point are from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which was triggered by the COVID-19 infection.
The paralysis in my face and hands has abated and I am finally able to make a smile and play guitar again. In fact, I’ve been practicing every day. I’m a bit rusty but it’s coming back.”
Cross adds that he’s working with his team to reschedule his tour dates, which had been announced to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his debut album even before he came down with COVID-19, but of course any rescheduled dates rely on both the state of the live music industry post-pandemic as well as his health.
Continued best wishes to Christopher Cross!
More about this Guillain-Barre, via the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke::
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system—the network of nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord. GBS can range from a very mild case with brief weakness to nearly devastating paralysis, leaving the person unable to breathe independently. Fortunately, most people eventually recover from even the most severe cases of GBS. After recovery, some people will continue to have some degree of weakness.