Akil Mitchell video: Basketball player loses eyeball in graphic incident

VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - 2016/11/06: Aki Mitchell from New Zealand Breaker during the fifth round of the NBL match between New Zealand Breakers and Brisbane Bullets at Vector Arena in Auckland on November 6, 2016. Breakers win over Bullets 86 - 70. (Photo by Shirley Kwok / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Akil Mitchell briefly lost his eye in a basketball game in Auckland, New Zealand (Photo: Getty)

New Zealand Breakers striker Akil Mitchell suffered a terrible eye injury on the pitch during a match against the Cairns Taipans, which resulted in his eyeball briefly leaping out of its holder.

After an accidental collision with an opponent whose finger managed to loosen the eyeball, Mitchell was taken off the field and quickly got his eyeball slipped in again with no problems.


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The medical team was quickly ready to ensure that the Breakers striker could go for treatment and it now looks like he will completely get his sight back despite the unsettling nature of the incident.

The 24-year-old was in good spirits afterwards and told New Zealand radio: ‘I could still see out of sight.

‘When I got to the ambulance, they gave me some painkillers and some saline drops in my eye and I felt it slide back into place, which is also a really strange feeling.

Mitchell even tweeted about it in a good mood, saying he is feeling well at the moment as he prepares for more tests.

Breakers general manager Dillon Boucher thinks it’s a miracle that Mitchell has recovered so well, saying it’s one of the worst injuries he’s seen in the sport.

‘After seeing it last night, I thought there might be an injury and for him to pull out of what he is right now, it’s just remarkable. Certainly all the signs are very positive, “he said.

‘He’s with a specialist while we talk, but unless they tell him something other than what he heard last night, it all looks very positive.

‘It’s just amazing after seeing how awful it was, how fast he can recover and how the human body can fix itself.

‘It’s definitely the most graphic I’ve ever seen on a basketball court.’

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