Hurt boy wants to play rugby again
Gerhard Pretorius, Beeld
A 10-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital with back and neck injuries on Thursday
after a rugby match at his Pretoria school.
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
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.
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.
how his team were playing a home game against Uniefees Primary on Thursday
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.
tried to get up but immediately fell down again."
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.
said at first he didn’t want to fly in the helicopter and would rather have
gone to hospital in an ambulance.
if he was afraid to fly, he gave a big smile. “It was ok.”
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
the team captain started crying terribly after the game because of what had
happened to his friend.
the fright and the pain, Pierre “very, very much” wants to play rugby again.
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.”
911 said another boy was hurt on Thursday when a scrum collapsed at a primary
school in Sinoville. He was also taken to Unitas.
spokesperson said this boy was released after treatment.