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VIDEO: Ice hockey player left paralysed after hit into boards

The hospital treating Ronny Keller say he will be; “a permanent paraplegic. There is neither head nor brain injuries.”

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EVERY ONCE IN a while, an incident occurs which makes you wonder why we all take the risk of playing sport.

Hitting into the boards was already a hot topic in ice hockey before Olten met Lanenthal in Switzerland’s Nationaliga B play-offs this week.

Olten’s RonnyKeller, 33, chased the puck back towards his own end. With Stefan Schnyder in close pursuit Keller turned to meet the attacker with a hit, but was off balance and – sickeningly – flew head first into the boards.

Puck Daddy reports that the chief physician from the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwill has released a statement, saying:

“Following the serious injury of the fourth thoracic vertebra, Ronny Keller will be a permanent paraplegic. There is neither head nor brain injuries. “

Prosecutors have launched an investigation in anticipation of any action that Keller may take against Schnyder.

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