Anonymous
Years ago

Akil Mitchell injury

Thoughts go out to this young man with such a horrific injury. I'm saying that, there is still hope for a full recovery as the same thing happened to Allan Ray whilst playing NCAA and he went on to have a great career and is still playing in Europe today.

Hopefully his prognosis is the same!

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joshuapending  
Years ago

what happened?

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Em  
Years ago

His eyeball prolapsed or came out of socket - hope he is ok

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GordonG  
Years ago

According to Breakers Twitter, Mitchell has been released from hospital, further tests tomorrow.

What looked like it could have been a horrendous injury may turn out relatively okay for him after all.

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Dazz  
Years ago

It sounds like a gross injury, and I can't even imagine what it must feel like for the young man. But hopefully it's not actually that serious, and any longer term problems can be fixed with minor surgery to the connective tissue.

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Em  
Years ago

So it is good that they were able to replace it and he has some vision but i think it will be a while before they know if full vision will return
A prolapsed globe pulls on the optic nerve - which is responsible for sight

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Good news. Get well brother

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GordonG  
Years ago

From the man himself on Twitter @ajmitchell25:

"...too soon? Lol thanks for all the love, well wishes, and prayers tonight. I'm home and seeing fine. More tests tomorrow"

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Zodiac  
Years ago

That's very good news. Watching that game live probably the only time I've ever been grateful for a slightly blurry stream.

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Train  
Years ago

Great to hear he is doing so well. That was one of the most horrific injuries I've seen. I don't have a good stomach for that kinda stuff - no joke, I nearly yakked

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Hope he's OK

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Duke Fan  
Years ago

So I guess his nickname has to be Popeye now right?

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Bear  
Years ago

Great news, wish him well. I didn't see the incident, does anyone have a capture of it?

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AngusH  
Years ago

I avoided watching it on purpose, only to have someone send me a screen grab... brutal.

It does mark the first time I've ever walked into my office in the morning and had half a dozen different people talking to me about the NBL, FWIW...

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spot up  
Years ago

There's footage on the herald sun website now..

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Bear  
Years ago

Yeah, nasty and it looked like so many other times a player pokes his hand in the wrong place accidentally, but the result thankfully is rarely this bad.

I feel for the guy, hope I never see that sort of thing again and he recovers fully in time...

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Great news for Alex.

Great work by the on court doctor and all those that helped Alex when the incident happened, including Abercrombie and Penny who were by his side the whole time.

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

I've seen some ugly injuries in my time but holy crap.

Best wishes to the big guy, hope he makes a full, quick recovery. Look forward to seeing him take the court again.

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CB  
Years ago

I want to know why there was so much stuffing around on the court after the incident - sure reassure & comfort the guy - but then get to the hospital ASAP - this is something you need to fix right away - I think the doctors there were thinking"holy crap - what do we do??"

Glad to hear he is ok

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Anonymous  
Years ago

"Look forward..."

He can't!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

CB

How can you determine that off the TV? The doctor you say was thinking "Holy crap" is a highly qualified trauma surgeon and was on the phone to the hospital and specialists immediately as he entered the court. Maybe keep your unqualified opinion to yourself. Its a sporting event, it can wait to restart until he is ready to be moved, or canceled if need be.

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Ricky  
Years ago

Always thought Egwu was a bit unco..

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CB  
Years ago

Anonymous

I have replaced a couple of eyes before so I think I know a little more than you think.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Yeah because so many brilliant eye surgeons troll basketball forums and gives critical analysis of treatment that they witnessed from watching via tv. Forgive my ignorance

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CB  
Years ago

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I don't think many trolls are "brilliant."

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CB  
Years ago

Actually I'm a vet and have seen this a number of times.

Luckily it is not that common in people - and a lot of doctors including trauma surgeons will have never dealt with this sort of injury before. I'm just saying I don't know what could have been gained by remaining on the court for 10 minutes.

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

Hope the other players are okay as well - without meaning to sound wimpy, seeing a man's eye pop out in person is probably a hell of a lot different to watching SAW-type movies. Would be a pretty horrible thing to see happen, especially to a teammate.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Yeah because a trauma surgeon would never have dealt with uncommon injuries before, but your a VET so you have this shit sorted. Move on people, nothing to see here. CB is the authority here

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Yeah because...

Yeah because...

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Big Ads  
Years ago

I haven't seen the incident but given Akil has mentioned in a tweet he is ok I can assume he didn't rupture the optic nerve.

Well done to all the medical staff who were on hand to attend to this matter.

Retaining his vision is his absolute priority but it will be sad to have him be denied the chance to help NZ's push to the finals.

I wish Akil the best with his recovery given the circumstances.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Yes 10 mins on the court seems excessive. Get him off the court ASAP is always the #1 rule.
I certainly wouldn't know what to do in that situation. Well done to everyone.

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Ricky  
Years ago

Goggles time for every1 after that

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AngusH  
Years ago

Yep, I told my team I'm going to track down 12 pairs of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar goggles.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Does this mean Breakers fans will be even more one-eyed now?

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Johnson  
Years ago

I was having enjoying my dinner until Mitchell eye injury but that was the end of dinner.I was glad to hear he got released from hospital about 2hrs after the game finished so it's not as bad as first thought which is good news the bloke.I would suggest he invests in some goggles in the Devin Williams style and for his new nickname i'l prefer Popeye than Cyclopes.Thank god he is ok.

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Zodiac  
Years ago

Hope the other players are okay as well - without meaning to sound wimpy, seeing a man's eye pop out in person is probably a hell of a lot different to watching SAW-type movies.


The thing with horror movies is you know it's all fake, I'm a big horror fan but even with a blurry stream when I saw it live I immediately felt crook and had to stop watching the game. I couldn't even eat my tea and only ate something maybe 3-4 hours later.

You feel for the guy and the thought of what it would feel like if it happened to you a doctor sitting there trying to squeeze your eyeball back into the socket.

I've seen some gruesome injuries in my time but that probably takes the cake even over the Nathan Brown AFL injury.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Probably the worst injury I've seen. It reminded me of a controversial graphic scene in the 'Walking Dead' season premier (if you have seen it you will know what I'm talking about). Lots of graphic things happened in the scene, but one of the worst parts involved an eye popping out. Seeing that happen to someone in real life was sickening.

Can't believe how well he handled it. Great to see him doing so well and hopefully there aren't any further issues for him.

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Zodiac  
Years ago

This is just fantastic news for Akil.

http://www.news.com.au/sport/basketball/akil-mitchell-eyeball-gouge-new-zealand-breakers-nbl-import-speaks-out-after-freak-accident/news-story/6d75cafa19ab2e894d3b84413a364581

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Dazz  
Years ago

I could still see out of the eye even though it was kinda on the side of my face... it was a weird sensation," forward Akil Mitchell said.

So glad he seems to be ok.

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