Hurt boy wants to play rugby again

2011-05-06 11:08
Pierre Prinsloo speaks about his rugby injury from his bed in Unitas hospital in Centurion. (Theana Breugem, Beeld)

Pierre Prinsloo speaks about his rugby injury from his bed in Unitas hospital in Centurion. (Theana Breugem, Beeld)

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Pretoria – A 10-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital with back and neck injuries on Thursday after a rugby match at his Pretoria school.

Pierre Prinsloo’s condition was initially described as critical and there were fears that he had injured his spine, but matters looked much better by Thursday night.

According to Pierre’s mother, Annie Prinsloo, the doctor said X-rays showed no major problems but that they were keeping him for observation in the Unitas Hospital.

Pierre, the eighth man of the Voortrekker Eufees Primary School’s U/11A team, also complained about his shoulder but could move his legs. He was hungry and didn’t feel like lying down.

Tackle

He recounted how his team were playing a home game against Uniefees Primary on Thursday afternoon.

"The other guy tried to tackle me and our heads collided. I tried to place the ball. As I tried to get up, someone tackled me on my shoulder from behind.

"I tried to get up but immediately fell down again."

Several members of the Pretoria North sector police reacted to a call and came to the scene, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks. The field was closed off for the Netcare helicopter to land.

Pierre said at first he didn’t want to fly in the helicopter and would rather have gone to hospital in an ambulance.

When asked if he was afraid to fly, he gave a big smile. “It was ok.”

Annie said she got a very big fright but it helped when the medics told her her child was okay. “A person tries to remain calm, it’s all you can do. You just get a very big fright.”

She said the team captain started crying terribly after the game because of what had happened to his friend.

Just a game

Despite the fright and the pain, Pierre “very, very much” wants to play rugby again.

Asked about what he learned from the experience and what he wanted to share with other children, he said: “Don’t hurt each other. Rugby is just a game. It’s just for fun.”

Netcare 911 said another boy was hurt on Thursday when a scrum collapsed at a primary school in Sinoville. He was also taken to Unitas.

A hospital spokesperson said this boy was released after treatment.

 
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