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Eccleston United's Kevin Robinson: Team-mate's swift actions saved my leg after horror injury
AN amateur footballer who suffered a horrific injury could have lost his leg but for the prompt intervention of a team-mate.
Kevin Robinson was playing on the left wing for Eccleston United on Saturday and his side was trailing 3-2 to Sutton Heath when a tackle left him with compound fractures of the tibia and fibula of his left leg.
The game at Grange Park was in its 75th minute when the injury occurred but fortunately team-mate 23 year-old Chris Brown saw the seriousness of the situation and sprang into action.
Chris, a trained an emergency medical technician with Wigan Ambulance Service, sprang into action“As soon as he rolled over I could see his foot angulated and knew it was a nasty open fracture. I ran over to Kev and told him to lie back and straightened his leg. It was important to maintain circulation to his foot otherwise he may well have lost it.”
Chris and Eccleston assistant manager Mike Horton kept Kevin calm until an ambulance crew arrived. They then joined team-mates to help paramedics carry Kevin to the ambulance which couldn’t get close to the scene because of parked vehicles.
“The ambulance crew and Mike and the lads were brilliant,” said Chris, from Platt Bridge, Wigan.
Speaking from hospital on Tuesday Kevin, a 25 year-old civil servant from Islands Brow, was in good spirits after undergoing a four hour operation on Sunday to insert steel rods in his tibia and fibula.
“I can’t thank Chris enough. The specialist told me what he did saved my leg,” said Kevin.
“The bone came through the skin and the pain was agonising but has now eased a bit. I’ve been told I will be off work for at least three months. I’ve been playing football for 20 years and it would be a major blow if I didn’t play again. But something like this puts things into perspective.
“I have been taking a few steps with a zimmer frame.”
Mike Horton and Eccleston players visited Kevin in Whiston Hospital on Monday night.
Mike, who stayed beside Kevin on the pitch following the injury, said: “I’ve known Kevin since he began playing for me as a young lad with Mere FC.
It happened right in front of me and the players on an adjoining pitch heard the sound of his bones breaking and the referee from that match ran across to see if he could help.
“Kevin was so brave and obviously in great pain.”
He has written to Wigan Ambulance Service praising Chris Brown for his expert help.
Following Kevin’s injury the referee abandoned the first division Combination League match with Sutton Heath 3-2 ahead.
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