Swifts reserve grade team rugby league player Jarryd De Vos is attended to by ambulance officers.
Swifts reserve grade team rugby league player Jarryd De Vos is attended to by ambulance officers. Claudia Baxter

He walked away from worst fears

SWIFTS' rugby league player Jarryd De Vos walked in the front door of his Brassall home yesterday only 48 hours after he feared he may never walk again.

The 26-year-old has been released from the PA Hospital after being cleared of spinal damage following a "freak accident" during an Ipswich Rugby League match on Sunday.

The front-rower, and his Brothers opponent, heard a loud "crack" during a simple tackle late in the reserve grade game at Brother Seery Oval, Raceview.

Within moments the forward had lost feeling in the left side of his body raising concern he had damaged his spinal cord.

Mr De Vos told the QT he immediately feared the worst.

"I thought I'd broken my neck for sure," he said.

"I got pins and needles straight away down my whole left side.

"The pain spread quickly from my shoulder blades up my neck."

Ambulance officers took around 45 minutes to stabilise the player on the field before transporting him to the spinal unit of the PA Hospital.

The Brassall resident said after two days in hospital he had been released and cleared of damage to his spinal cord.

"They told me the 'crack' was the sound of the vertebras opening and closing really quickly," he said.

"The pins and needles came from the increased swelling around the vertebras."

During his time in hospital Mr De Vos has had a chance to ponder his future after his most serious injury scare.

"It wasn't anyone's fault, it was just a simple tackle that went wrong," he said.

"I'd like to go back playing but honestly I don't know if I want to."

Mr De Vos will wear a neck brace for the next two weeks before returning to the spinal unit for more x-rays and tests to determine the full extent of the damage to neck ligaments.

He has committed to taking the rest of the season off and will consider his playing future during the year.

"I'm very thankful to our club president (Vic Canfell) for coming with me in the ambulance to the PA," he said.

"Also the Brothers players and the Swifts and Brothers trainers were all great ... I can't thank them enough."



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