Michael Fatialofa walks unaided ten weeks after serious neck injury

‘You’re witnessing a miracle that even medical professionals can’t explain’: Michael Fatialofa’s wife revels after Worcester lock walks unaided just TEN WEEKS after being ‘paralysed’ from serious neck injury

  • Michael Fatialofa suffered a serious neck injury when Worcester faced Saracens
  • The injury occurred in January, when the 27-year-old had just come onto the field
  • The forward had surgery for a spinal contusion which can lead to paralysis 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Injured forward Michael Fatialofa provided a bit of good news amid the coronavirus gloom when a video on Saturday showed the Worcester lock walking unaided 10 weeks after he suffered a serious neck injury.

New Zealand-born Fatialofa was shown walking in separate videos posted by his wife Tatiana and Tongan prop and heavyweight boxer Loni Uhila on Instagram.

‘You’re witnessing a miracle that even medical professionals can’t explain,’ she wrote. ‘They are so (shocked) by his progress given his critical level of injury.’

Michael Fatialofa is walking unaided just ten weeks after suffering a horrific neck injury

The Worcester lock had spinal contusion surgery after suffering the injury against Saracens

Fatialofa, 27, suffered the injury while playing against Saracens on January 4, less than a minute after coming onto the field in the second half. He has been in hospital since.

‘He was literally paralysed from the neck down just 10 weeks ago and currently spinal cord injuries do not have a clinical cure, but my amazing husband is proof that god is never limited to human wisdom. So so so thankful,’ his wife added.

Fatialofa had surgery for a spinal contusion, which causes compression on the spinal cord and can lead to paralysis.

But the Kiwi has made an amazing recovery and is now walking without any help again 

And his wife Tatiana took to Instagram to say it is a recovery that even doctors cannot explain

His wife said her visits to the hospital will become more difficult because of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘We’ve been advised by the hospital that visiting probably will be reduced to only one hour soon and while I understand completely it’s still so hard on the heart,’ she said.

Worcester were going to use their home match against Harlequins on April 11 as a fundraiser for Fatialofa but that game will no longer go ahead as the Premiership is suspended until April 14 at least.  

Tatiana also said that Fatialofa was paralysed from the neck down on her Instagram story

Worcester were going to use their match against Harlequins as a fundraiser for Fatialofa

 

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