Serbia player loses kidney after getting elbowed during FIBA World Cup win vs. South Sudan

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Serbian forward Borisa Simanic will miss out on the rest of the FIBA World Cup after having surgical treatment to eliminate his kidney that arised from taking an elbow to the belly in Serbia’s video game versus South Sudan last Wednesday. The injury took place in the closing minutes of Serbia’s 115-83 win in the last video game of group play. 

Simanic was safeguarding under the basket when South Sudan’s Nuni Omot struck the huge male with an elbow to attempt and develop some area to rating. Simanic right away started getting at his belly, and bent down in discomfort.

Simanic was required to the medical facility after the video game and got emergency situation surgical treatment. However, on Sunday the Serbian Basketball Federation revealed that Simanic was experiencing problems and required to go through a 2nd surgical treatment to eliminate his kidney. He’s anticipated to stay at a health center in the Philippines to recuperate.

The medical professional of the Serbian nationwide group stated of Simanic’s surgical treatment:

“Due to complications on the injured kidney that occurred in the postoperative course, Boriša Simanić was operated on again on September 3. Due to changes in the vitality of the kidney tissue, the entire kidney had to be surgically removed. We expect and wish that after this operation, the postoperative course will go smoothly.”

On Thursday, a day after the event took place, Omot was inquired about the play in which he elbowed Simanic.

“I heard that he ended up going to the hospital,” Omot stated. “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,” Omot continued. “From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely apologize to everyone that’s watching and to the player especially.”

Serbia advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup after going 4-1 in group play. They’ll face Lithuania — which simply disturbed Team U.S.A. — in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

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