Footballer suffers severe spinal injury after freak collision with goalkeeper (Warning: Disturbing footage) 6 years ago

Footballer suffers severe spinal injury after freak collision with goalkeeper (Warning: Disturbing footage)

A Congolese player is in intensive care after an innocuous collision with the opposition goalkeeper had sickening consequences.

Rudy Bhebey Ndey of the AC Léopards was rushing through on goal in a CAF Confederation Cup tie with Zamalek when he jumped to avoid colliding with goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy.

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Horrifically, the 29-year-old landed almost right on top of his head and suffered spinal cord concussion, a fifth cervical vertebra dislocation, and bruises to the spinal cord and the sixth cervical vertebrae.

Just to warn you that the footage is not easy to watch...

The Congolese player was immediately taken to hospital and according to online reports underwent successful surgery.

According to the doctor who treated the player, the medical procedures were a success:

"He arrived with serious damage to his spinal column between his fifth and sixth vertebra, a blow to the spinal cord, breathing difficulties and brain bleeding, but the surgery was successful.

"We will contact his doctors in Congo. I cannot reassure you about his condition yet, and he will remain in the Intensive Care Unit for two days, where he is currently using a ventilator.

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Egyptian journalist Amr N. Fahmy has provided further updates. Although good news, the very fact that "moving his hand" is seen as a positive sign shows the tragic and life-changing severity of the injuries:

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Let's hope so. There by the grace of God and all that.