Rugby player suffers spinal injuries after diving into pool

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Ed Jackson from Newport Dragons has suffered serious spinal injuries after diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool.

The unfortunate incident occurred last month when he was attending a friend’s barbeque.

The 28-year-old said: “After hitting my head on the bottom I realised I couldn’t swim to the surface because I’d lost movement in my legs and power in my arms.”

When his friends realised that Ed wasn’t swimming to the surface they pulled him out and stabilised him till an ambulance arrived,

After Jackson had a number of MRI scans and X-rays, doctors at Bristol Hospital decided to operate on his neck. Surgeons removed his shattered shoulder blade and replaced it with a metal version.

Ed said after surgery: “I woke up in ICU, luckily completely coherent, however no feeling below my neck other than limited movement in my right arm.”

Fans wonder if he will ever be able to play another game or even train and many fear Ed will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.


Harry, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy