A Brondby fan who had the misfortune of being thwacked in the face by a wayward shot has seen the accident result in a potentially life-saving tumour diagnosis.
In what really is an extraordinary story, David Nielsen was hit in the head by a stray shot from striker Kamil Wilczek that flew into the crowd while Brondby were warming-up before a recent game against Copenhagen back in August.
Nielsen was immediately attended to by Brondby’s medical staff, who sent him to hospital for precautionary concussion scans.
However, the X-rays ended up revealing that he had a brain tumour that had gone completely diagnosed and unnoticed.
According to Ekstrabladet, Nielsen subsequently underwent emergency surgery to have the tumour removed and now has a “good chance of making a strong recovery.”
Nielsen himself then confirmed the good news by posting a message on a Brondby supporters’ Facebook page on Facebook, thanking the club’s medical staff and even Wilczek for his unwitting part in the diagnosis.
— Mikkel Davidsen (@mikkeldavidsen) September 19, 2016
The message reads thus:
Hi everybody. My name is David and I’m the person who has been hit with a ball during a warm up before the match against København.
I want to thank the medical personnel, security and all club employees, and also fans who were standing near me and reacted immediately, because that saved my life.
I can’t describe how grateful I’m for their effort. It turned out that I have a brain tumor and this wouldn’t be discovered if Wilczek didn’t hit my head with a ball, so I’m also very grateful for him for what happened.
How utterly extraordinary! Here’s wishing him the very best of luck with his continued rehab.