Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu disclosed how his family stood by him with intensive prayers over lung (pulmonary microembolism) illness.
Agyemang-Badu was diagnosed of a pulmonary embolism last month after he was rushed to the hospital during a pre-season training with new club Hellas Verona.
The former Berekum Chelsea midfielder’s illness also left his family and in particular his mother back in Ghana worrying about him.
"My family were sad and panicking once the news started flying in that I had been rushed to the hospital," he said.
"The timing and everything was a bit weird because I had just returned from my summer holidays (in Ghana) and they has seen that I was well.
"I heard they started praying for me and it was not until they heard from me and I explained that I was out of intensive care were they able to relax in a small way."
He signed for Hellas Verona on a season-long loan deal from fellow Italian Serie A side Udinese this summer.