Tuesday 17 October 2017

I feared amputation - Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson posts x-ray pic of bone 'explosion'

The before surgery pic that Pearson posted on Twitter
The before surgery pic that Pearson posted on Twitter
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson feared losing her left hand after suffering a horror injury at the Rome Diamond League event on June 4.

The Australian athlete's arm turned blue after what doctors described as a 'bone explosion'.

The 28-year-old, who won gold at London 2012, will miss August's World Championships in Beijing after undergoing surgery on the injury in Italy.

 "I was terrified seeing my hand going in a different direction," she said.

"I thought they would have to amputate."

"I've never broken a bone, I've never had stitches or surgery before.

"Doing all of that in one, in a different country, was very traumatic.

"But I do put things into perspective and think I am very lucky with what happened. If it had been the ankle, it would be a completely different story."

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