Serbian player loses a kidney after massive injury at FIBA World Cup

Published September 4, 2023 at 12:53

Serbian star Boriša Simanić suffered a serious injury during a match against South Sudan in the FIBA World Cup. The injury occurred during the closing minutes of Serbia's victory against the African nation when Boriša caught an elbow from Nuni Omot. The elbow struck the midsection of the Serbian forward, immediately causing him excruciating pain. He went straight to the floor and was then taken out of the arena to a hospital that same night, where emergency surgery was performed.

Unfortunately, complications arose during the emergency surgery, such as difficulties in matching the correct blood type. As a result, Simanić had to undergo a second operation to remove his kidney altogether. This decision was made despite several of his teammates offering their own blood to assist the 25-year-old international.

The injury appeared to be a freak accident, and Nuni Omot publicly apologized for the incident, stating that he had not intended to make a dirty play.

"My apologies, I didn't mean to make no type of a dirty play. I hope you have a speedy recovery. I pray for you, you'll be in my prayers,"

"I'm not a dirty player, I've never been a dirty player. From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely apologize to everyone that's watching and to the player especially."

Serbia's national team doctor announced that Simanić will continue to be hospitalized in Manila for an extended period while he recovers. His jersey has been placed on an empty seat as a gesture of support from his teammates for their previous two games and will remain there as they prepare for their quarterfinals matchup against Lithuania.

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Serbian player loses a kidney after massive injury at FIBA World Cup

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