Rugby player suffers spinal injury during Sandal game

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LYMM RUFC player Alex Bennett is receiving treatment for spinal trauma at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, after suffering an injury in Saturday’s National League 3 North clash with Sandal.

Back-row forward Bennett fractured his C3 vertebrae in the upper spine as a result of a collision in the 25th minute of the game at Milnthorpe Green.

Bennett remained motionless on the pitch following the incident, in which Sandal forward Sean Maguire was also hurt but quickly recovered, and the game was suspended for 35 minutes while an ambulance crew attended to the Lymm player on the pitch before taking him to hospital.

In a statement published on the Lymm RUFC website, the club’s director of rugby Steve Rule said: “Alex is currently in the spinal injury unit at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, following [Saturday’s] unfortunate accident.

“He has received fantastic treatment from the medical staff and is being made as comfortable as possible. His wife, Antonia, and his parents are with him.

“Alex has fractured his C3 vertebrae in the upper spine. He has suffered a great deal of ‘spinal trauma’ and has limited sensation below the shoulders.

“He has been placed on traction and this could be the situation for a month whilst his spinal cord has the chance to recover.”

“Our thoughts are with him, Antonia, the children and family. I will endeavour to keep everyone updated, so please give Antonia some space at this difficult time.”

Saturday’s game eventually resumed with Sandal going on to win 19-16.

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