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Holsworthy footballer seriously injured in match at Helston

By NDJMark  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

John O'Donoghue (left) in action for Holsworthy

John O'Donoghue (left) in action for Holsworthy

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HOLSWORTHY captain John O'Donoghue is recovering in hospital after suffering a life-threatening injury in a football match on Saturday.

The defender punctured an intestine in a collision with a team-mate during Holsworthy's 11-0 defeat at Helston Athletic in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League. 

After help from a member of the Helston club who is a part of the Royal Navy air rescue team, he was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) and underwent a five-hour operation.

Barry Parrish, the Holsworthy chairman, said: "In all the years I have been in football I have seen some bad injuries but I have never heard of anybody puncturing their intestines.

"He is lucky to be here.

"He's an absolute stalwart for the club. He's a super lad.

"Football gets put into insignificance when it's a human life. 

"We have rung Helston to thank them for everything they have done for John. We can't say a big enough thank you really."

While he continues his recovery, John is expected to remain in hospital in Truro for four of five days.

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