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- Updated: January 28, 2017
On Thursday night, a basketball player for the Breakers, a domestic team in New Zealand, had a rather strange experience when his eyeball popped out in the middle of the game!
The NBL game took place in Auckland.
Akil Mitchell had gotten his eyeball displaced when a player from the opposing team accidentally stuck his finger into Mitchell’s eyes.
Mitchell fell to the ground, clutching his face as emergency help was immediately sought. The 24-year-old was noticeably freaked out on feeling his eyeball dwindling at the side of his face.
Talking to Radio Sport, Mitchell said, “I could still see out of the eye! I remember thinking oh man… this is kinda bad, but I actually felt it kind of out of place and that’s when I kind of freaked out a little bit.”
Following the accident, the basketball player was afraid that he would never be able to see again and that his injury would mark the end of his career as a sportsman, Sports Radio reported.
However, on getting into the ambulance, the eyeball almost magically fell back into its socket upon administration of normal saline by the medics at hand.
“I felt it slide back into place, which is also a really strange feeling,” said Mitchell.
Grateful that the situation had been well managed and, of course, feeling very relieved, the NBL player was ready to address the media when his ambulance arrived at the hospital.
He even tweeted to his fans that he was alright and made a small joke using two pairs of eyes. Perhaps it is a bit too soon to be cracking up about such a situation, Mitchell.
Even though his sense of humor is quite commendable, the basketballer from North Carolina insists that he wouldn’t be watching the video clip of the incident any time soon.
Mitchell, who is on his way to making a full recovery now, called himself blessed and promised to be back in the action at the soonest.