UK: Heartbreak as 16 year old boy paralyzed from neck injury during football game

A 16-year-old boy has been left paralysed from the shoulders down following a collision during a football match last weekend.

Declan McDonald was playing for AC Rovers when he broke his neck during a game against EK Burgh on Saturday.

The teenager, who plays for the Airdrie and Coatbridge team in North Lanarkshire, was taken to hospital and undergone a 10-hour operation.

A statement said his teammates were “devastated” by his injury. The club have since set up a GoFundMe for him.

AC Rovers FC shared a post on Facebook which said: “Declan has suffered a broken neck and has no sensation from the shoulders down since the incident.

“This morning he has been through a 10-hour surgery on his neck and now as you will understand it is a waiting game, the current prognosis is Declan is highly unlikely to ever be able to walk again, hopefully with rehab and physio he will regain some feeling/use of his arms and hands.”

“We will post more information as it is available but the club asks if you can keep Declan in your thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks and months as he continues his rehabilitation.