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06 Feb 2017

Akil Mitchell describes eyeball popping out during basketball game

A basketball player says he is "doing pretty well, all things considered" after his eye popped out in the middle of a game, New Zealand media report.

Akil Mitchell, who plays for the New Zealand Breakers, was in Auckland for an Australian NBL game on Thursday night when the incident happened.

The finger of an opposing player accidentally dislodged his eyeball.

The American fell to the ground holding his hands to his left eye and was rushed to hospital.

"With the palm of my hand I felt my eyeball on the side of my face," he told New Zealand's Radio Sport. "I could still see out of the eye."

"I remember thinking oh man... this is kinda bad, but I actually felt it kind of out of place and that's when I kind of freaked out a little bit."

  • lJANUARY 26: Players and staff members of the Breakers show concerns as they gather around Akil Mitchell who suffers a serious eye injury during the round 17 NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Cairns Taipans at the North Shore Events Centre on January 26, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESJANUARY 26: Akil Mitchell of the Breakers acknowledges the supporters as he is helped off the court by his team with a serious eye injury during the round 17 NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Cairns Taipans at the North Shore Events Centre on January 26, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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The 24-year-old said he remembered hearing the crowd and fellow players panicking and thought he would lose his sight and his career was over.

"Once I got in the ambulance they gave me a little pain medicine and some saline drops in my eye and I felt it slide back into place, which is also a really strange feeling.

 

 

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