'Phenomenal' physios step in after player fractures neck

Old Boys fullback Logan Wilson is aided by people including physiotherapists Kerry Whitburn ...
Old Boys fullback Logan Wilson is aided by people including physiotherapists Kerry Whitburn (lying, at left) and Philippa Masoe (in yellow) at Whitestone Contracting Stadium after he fractured his C4 and T4 vertebrae during a match against Athletic Marist on Saturday. Also helping is referee Craig Kingan (kneeling). PHOTOS: REBECCA RYAN
Two North Otago physiotherapists have been praised for their ‘‘phenomenal’’ care after a club rugby player fractured his neck on Saturday.

Old Boys fullback Logan Wilson (19) is in Christchurch Hospital recovering after fracturing his C4 and T4 vertebrae in a collision during his team’s 19-17 Citizens Shield win against Athletic Marist at Whitestone Contracting Stadium in Oamaru.

Logan Wilson in action during the match.
Logan Wilson in action during the match.
Old Boys and Athletic Marist physiotherapists Philippa Masoe and Kerry Whitburn ran on to the field immediately to look after Mr Wilson. He was taken by ambulance to Oamaru Hospital before being flown to Christchurch.

Mr Wilson’s father, Mark, heaped praise on Mrs Masoe and Mrs Whitburn for their efforts looking after his son.

‘‘I don’t think that everybody quite understands the impact that their help made in regards to what could have been and what actually is,’’ he said.

‘‘Kerry took full control straight away, and she was absolutely phenomenal, and Philippa was equally so.’’

Athletic Marist team member Jared Whitburn also played a supporting role and Mr Wilson was a ‘‘very lucky boy’’ to have them by his side, he said.

‘‘[I] couldn’t ask for better people to be available and to be there looking after Logan.’’

Mr Wilson was still in hospital yesterday, but his father said he was expected to make a full recovery.

‘‘It’s all good positive news.’’

The dedication of both teams to look after Mr Wilson showed the heart of North Otago rugby.

‘‘Everybody’s incredibly supportive of everybody else. The white-line fever, absolutely, but when it all comes down to it, we’re all here for the same reason and respect each other hugely.’’

Old Boys coach Lemi Masoe, husband of physiotherapist Mrs Masoe, said it showed the close-knit nature of the rugby community.

‘‘Things like that happen and you all come together. It doesn’t matter what team you are,’’ Mr Masoe said.

‘‘I really appreciate and [am] proud of the way Kerry and Philippa helped the situation.’’

Mr Masoe said the club was thinking of Logan’s family, and wished him a speedy recovery.

Athletic Marist winger Kasanova Soane’s son also broke his leg while playing at the game, and Mrs Masoe looked after him.

 - kayla.hodge@odt.co.nz

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