Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross said he experienced some “come-to-Jesus” moments during his recent battle with COVID-19 that left him paralyzed and in intensive care for 10 days.
Cross, 69, a five-time Grammy Award winner noted for his hits “Sailing” and “Ride Like the Wind," talked about his experiences with Serena Altschul in an interview that will air this weekend on “CBS Sunday Morning,” Variety reported.
Cross called his battle “the darkest days of my life.”
“There was some, you know, come-to-Jesus moments or whatever, where I was looking for any help I could get to through this, to get out of this thing," Cross said. “Because I wasn’t sure.”
Cross first announced he had the coronavirus in April. He said he contracted the virus, along with his girlfriend, after a trip to Mexico City, People reported.
“It was the worst 10 days of my life,” Cross recalled. “And I couldn’t walk, could barely move. And so, it was certainly the darkest of times for me. It really was touch and go, and tough.”
The couple was sick for three weeks. After feeling better, Cross went to a supermarket, but when he got home his legs gave out, Variety reported.
He was later diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, which caused his body to attack his nerves.
Cross said his doctors believed it was caused by COVID-19, according to People.
Cross said the paralysis was temporary, but he still needs a cane to get around.
“My walking is affected,” Cross told Altschul. “My speech at times can be affected. Memory is a big deal, too. Just neurologically, I’m kind of a little foggy. You know? Now I’m on medication … a nerve pain medication, which also can cause some fogginess. But until I can get off it at some point, I won’t know how clear I would be. But most people with Guillain-Barre heal about 90% to 100% over about a year. That’s what my prognosis is.”
Cross said he wanted to share his story to educate others about the virus, People reported.
“I’m not a big celebrity, but it’s important for people to know you can get this disease," Cross told Altschul. "I felt it was my obligation to share with people,” he said. “'Look, this is a big deal. Like, you’ve got to wear your mask. You’ve got to take care of each other. Because this could happen to you.'”
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