• Kai Sakakibara continues the hard work of rehabiltation from a brain injury sustained in a crash a the BMX World Cup round in February 2020 (7news/Supplied)Source: 7news/Supplied
The Sakakibara family have provided an update on Kai's recovery from a brain injury with 7news given access to his rehab unit in Liverpool.
Cycling Central

25 May 2020 - 11:35 AM  UPDATED 25 May 2020 - 11:46 AM

Kai is shown standing and working out hard as he makes considerable progress in just the short time he has been at the brain injury unit in Liverpool.

Moved there last month after eight weeks in a coma at Canberra's ICU, the 23-year-old's parents Martin, Yuki and his sister, fellow BMX'er Saya also contemplated how close he came to losing his life in the accident at the Bathurst February world cup round. 

"I don't think he (Kai) realises how incredible (standing for the first time), how significant that achievement was," Saya said. 

"I couldn't imagine life without Kai."

Kai's mother echoed her 20-year-old daughter's sentiments.    

"For me, it was really hard to understand what could be happening," Yuki said. "We could've lost him." 

Kai's father Martin said he feels a deep connection to his son. 

"The better he gets, the better I get." Martin said. "It's pretty hard. Thinking back to how it was in the early days (of his coma) is tough," he said. 

Saya also said she owed it to Kai to put in her best at training, particularly just after his accident when she felt little motivation to do so. 

"When Kai crashed, like within days I knew I had to get back into training. I found that it was my responsibility to do it for the both of us now."

Reiterated again in 7news' feature was Kai's motto uttered early in 2020 "one day at a time, one moment at a time. Let’s go.”

Kai Sakakibara moved to rehab unit in Liverpool
After nearly eight weeks at the Canberra Hospital, Kai Sakakibara has been moved to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) at Liverpool Hospital to begin his next phase of recovery.
Critically injured Sakakibara 'making progress', out of ICU
Kai Sakakibara's family have given an update on the critically injured Australian BMX rider's improved condition in hospital.

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