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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

What saved rugby star from paralysis after breaking neck


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All Blacks flanker Sam Cane has revealed he feared paralysis after the shocking injury that has left him lucky to walk.

The 26-year-old suffered a fractured neck during the All Blacks’ 32-30 victory over South Africa at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday.

Cane says the injury would have been much worse without his big neck, which he credits for the fact he avoided paralysis after a collision with Springboks loose forward Francois Louw.

“A few things to be thankful for. Firstly, the circumference and strength of my neck, I may not be standing without it,” Cane tweeted.

“Secondly, the world class medical support and surgical team I've had here in Pretoria, couldn't have asked for anything more.

“Thirdly, from all the support I've received from family, friends, NZRU, SAR, and all the messages from around the world. Really appreciate the messages it means a lot. 

“Please accept this as personal acknowledgement and thanks.

“Onwards and upwards.”

https://twitter.com/SamCane7/status/1049915729070436353

Cane had surgery to repair a small fracture on the right side of his neck and will remain in South Africa for at least a week.

All Blacks doctor Tony Paige has said there is no nerve damage, however Cane is expected to be sidelined for a lengthy period.

“It will probably take about three months for the bone to get strong but we'll just take it step by step,” Paige said.

“The operation is really just to keep everything in the right place so the bone can heal on its own accord.”

“Many sportsmen have had this injury and people in other walks of life and they usually make a good recovery. It's one level of the neck.

“Sam's in good spirits he's obviously sore in the middle of the night as you are the night after a fracture but he's being well looked after and is getting lots of support and texts and phone calls.”

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane has revealed he feared paralysis after the shocking injury that has left him lucky to walk.

The 26-year-old suffered a fractured neck during the All Blacks’ 32-30 victory over South Africa at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday.

Cane says the injury would have been much worse without his big neck, which he credits for the fact he avoided paralysis after a collision with Springboks loose forward Francois Louw.

“A few things to be thankful for. Firstly, the circumference and strength of my neck, I may not be standing without it,” Cane tweeted.

“Secondly, the world class medical support and surgical team I've had here in Pretoria, couldn't have asked for anything more.

“Thirdly, from all the support I've received from family, friends, NZRU, SAR, and all the messages from around the world. Really appreciate the messages it means a lot. 

“Please accept this as personal acknowledgement and thanks.

“Onwards and upwards.”

https://twitter.com/SamCane7/status/1049915729070436353

Cane had surgery to repair a small fracture on the right side of his neck and will remain in South Africa for at least a week.

All Blacks doctor Tony Paige has said there is no nerve damage, however Cane is expected to be sidelined for a lengthy period.

“It will probably take about three months for the bone to get strong but we'll just take it step by step,” Paige said.

“The operation is really just to keep everything in the right place so the bone can heal on its own accord.”

“Many sportsmen have had this injury and people in other walks of life and they usually make a good recovery. It's one level of the neck.

“Sam's in good spirits he's obviously sore in the middle of the night as you are the night after a fracture but he's being well looked after and is getting lots of support and texts and phone calls.”

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