Proteas wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher had to undergo emergency eye surgery yesterday after a freak accident during a game against county side Somerset resulted in a bail ricocheting off the stumps and lacerating the sclera (the white part) of his left eye.
Boucher’s manager, Donne Commins said “It’s too early to say whether he will be able to see through that eye again because with injuries like these, there is usually a lot of blood surrounding it”. Surgeons will only be able to give a better indication today as to the extent of the damage.
Captain Graeme Smith said late last night that Boucher was out of surgery and resting. He thanked supporters for caring.
This from team doctor Mohamed Mossajee.
“After the operation we will talk to the surgeon again. With eye injuries one cannot make predictions.
“From a medical point of view a lot depends on whether there is damage to the retina, which allows us to see and focus. We won’t know about that until after the surgery.
“The surgeons will be able to give us a better indication of the damage after the operation. Then it will take 48 to 72 hours for the swelling to start going down,” Moosajee added. [iol]
Hang in there Bouchy..all of SA is thinking of you and gunning for a speedy recovery mate.
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