Damon Lathrope says he “defied the odds” to keep his leg after suffering a severe break while playing for Woking against Boreham Wood.
After sustaining the injury on February 24 in what he insists was a fair, 50-50 challenge, the 28-year-old, who also played for Aldershot Town and Torquay United, has spent the past six weeks in hospital during which time he has had nine operations. Finally discharged this week to continue his recovery at home, Lathrope has spoken about the injury and how his initial fears of a long time out of football turned into real concerns that he may have to have his leg amputated.
“It was a completely fair, 50-50 tackle that was no one’s fault and I’ve unfortunately come out on the wrong end of it,” Lathrope told BBC Radio Surrey. “Initially my worry going into theatre the first time was how long would it take me to get back on the pitch. But the severity of the situation that arose was unthinkable really.
“Initially the plan was for an operation on Sunday morning but I had an emergency CT scan because the surgeon, Dr Ali, the magician, suspected further damage because there was no feeling in my foot. After the emergency CT scan I had a 14-hour operation and during that they didn’t even touch the bones, it was all vascular.
“All the arteries and major veins had been completely severed so my leg was effectively dead.”
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