World Player Of The Year Du Toit Nearly Had Leg Amputated

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World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit came close to having a leg amputated after a freak Super Rugby injury, medical staff at his Cape Town club told AFP on Tuesday.

The Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks and Stormers loose forward limped off with what initially seemed a minor leg knock in a match against the Auckland Blues last month.

But the blow to his leg soon turned into a medical emergency, a Stormers' medical staff member speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP.        

"Pieter-Steph suffered a hematoma, which is a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissue and is a very rare occurrence," he said.

"It quickly transformed into an acute compartment syndrome. a condition that occurs when pressure within the muscles soars to dangerous levels.

"This pressure may decrease blood flow, preventing nourishment and oxygen from reaching nerve and muscle cells.

"If the medical staff do not quickly realize the seriousness of the injury, the patient loses blood supply to the leg and it may have to be amputated."

Du Toit was rushed to hospital, had an operation the same day, and the two-time South African Rugby Player of the Year is expected to play again in about three months. 


A South African radio station quoted Stormers coach John Dobson hailing club doctor Jason Suter for his swift action.

"The doctor deserves huge credit for his quick and accurate assessment of the injury sustained by Pieter-Steph," said Dobson.

"Without his timely intervention, I think Pieter-Steph could have lost his leg -- almost half the reported cases of acute compartment syndrome have resulted in amputations."

An injury curse has struck the Stormers this season with Du Toit joining fellow Springboks Herschel Jantjies, Steven Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi and Siya Kolisi on the casualty list. 

Loose forward Kolisi (knee) and hooker Mbonambi (hamstring) were sidelined during the opening-round triumph over the Hurricanes.

Scrum-half Jantjies fractured a leg between the knee and ankle and prop Kitshoff tore a rib muscle during a loss to the Coastal Sharks last Saturday.

Super Rugby, which involves clubs from Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa, was suspended after round seven last weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Andy Marinos, the chief executive of the competition organizers SANZAAR, has said that if matches cannot resume within five weeks, the season could be cancelled.  

A possible solution will be for Australia (including the Japanese Sunwolves), New Zealand and South Africa (including the Argentine Jaguares) to stage local derbies.

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