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Fatialofa walking unaided is a 'miracle', says wife

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Michael Fatialofa of Worcester Warriors goes off injured during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Saracens and Worcester Warriors at Allianz Park on January 4, 2020 in Barnet, England.

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ByReuters
21/03/2020 at 19:06 | Updated 21/03/2020 at 20:06

Injured rugby player Michael Fatialofa provided a bit of good news amid the coronavirus gloom when a video on Saturday showed the Worcester lock walking unaided 11 weeks after he suffered a serious neck injury.

New Zealand-born Fatialofa was shown walking in a video posted by his wife Tatiana on Instagram.

"You're witnessing a miracle that even medical professionals can't explain," she wrote. "They are so (shocked) by his progress given his critical level of injury."

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Fatialofa, 27, suffered the injury while playing against Saracens on Jan. 4, less than a minute after coming onto the field in the second half. He has been in hospital since.

"He was literally paralysed from the neck down just 10 weeks ago and currently spinal cord injuries do not have a clinical cure, but my amazing husband is proof that god is never limited to human wisdom. So so so thankful," his wife added.

Fatialofa had surgery for a spinal contusion, which causes compression on the spinal cord and can lead to paralysis.

His wife said her visits to the hospital will become more difficult because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We've been advised by the hospital that visiting probably will be reduced to only one hour soon and while I understand completely it's still so hard on the heart," she said.

Worcester were going to use their home match against Harlequins on April 11 as a fundraiser for Fatialofa but that game will no longer go ahead as the Premiership is suspended until April 14 at least. (Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond)

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