Sunday 17 December 2017

GAA player who was 97.5pc dead after off-the-ball clash is back playing

Mark McGovern in action before the incident
Mark McGovern in action before the incident

Mark McGovern has completed one of the most amazing sporting comebacks imaginable three-years after an off-the-ball incident left him clinging to life.

The 25-year-old was given little of no chance of survival after the incident on June 25, 2011 while playing with an Ulster side based in San Francisco.

He togged out for Belcoo O'Rahilly's recently but the club chairman approached him afterwards to say that he couldn't play anymore.

"I understand the decision completely and I'm okay with it, but I still train on occasion and go to the gym regularly to keep fit," he told the Star.

Mark spent over a month in a coma and had to learn to walk and talk again once he emerged from it.

The player involved in the incident has served his 96-week ban and is free to resume playing gaelic games.

No possible criminal action can be taken either as the statute of limitation has expired.

Mark is working as a Medical and Player Welfare Officer in Croke Park and he knows just how important it is to be insured as he is left with €1.2m in medical bills from the injuries he suffered.

"I didn't have insurance and now I have this huge medical cost, but yet a lot of players still don't have it."

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