Englishman Ed Jackson suffered serious spinal damage after diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool.
Jackson, who plays for Newport Gwent Dragons, revealed that he couldn’t move his legs after hitting his head on the bottom of the pool whilst at a friend’s barbecue back in April.
The forward, who remains in hospital underwent neck surgery for what his region at the time described as “a non-rugby related injury.”
“After hitting my head on the bottom I realised I couldn’t swim to the surface because I’d lost movement in my legs and power in my arms,” Jackson said.
Jackson, who plays in the number 8 position for current side Newport Gwent Dragons has also played for Bath, Wasps, London Welsh and Doncaster Knights during his career.
The 28-year-old also revealed that it was his father, a retired GP, who realised that something was wrong.
He was pulled to the surface and out of the swimming pool and was stabilised until an ambulance arrived to take him to the nearby Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
Jackson gave an update on his situation via a facebook post in which he said: “After a number of MRI scans and X-Rays the Drs decided to operate at 2am to stabilise my neck as pressure was being put on my spinal cord.
“In surgery, they removed my shattered disc, relocated my vertebrae and fixed it in place with a metal plate.
“I woke up in ICU, luckily completely coherent, however no feeling below my neck other than limited movement in my right arm.”
Bath-born Jackson has made 36 appearances for the Dragons since joining from Wasps in 2015 and signed a contract extension with the region in December.
Forget tip tackles, swimming pools appear to be the biggest threat. Rugby players beware.
Newport Gwent Dragons are currently 10th in the Pro12 league which features teams from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy.
With just one fixture remaining of the disappointing league campaign, they look set to repeat last season’s feat of a tenth place finish.
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