World Basketball 2023: a Serbian player loses a kidney during a duel with a South Sudanese

World Basketball 2023: a Serbian player loses a kidney during a duel with a South Sudanese

Serbian Borisa Simanic underwent surgery to remove a damaged kidney after being injured during the Basketball World Cup in the Philippines.

Simanic underwent surgery at a Manila hospital after being hit in the elbow by a South Sudanese player during a pool match on August 30. Complications from the operation forced him to undergo another surgery on September 3, during which one of his kidneys was removed, the Serbian basketball federation revealed on Monday.

In a press release, the body indicates “that due to complications that arose during the postoperative period of the injured kidney, Borisa Simanić was operated on again” Sunday, and that “Due to changes in the vitality of the kidney tissue, the entire kidney had to be surgically removed. » Team doctor Dragan Radovanovic said they “expect and hope that after this operation, the postoperative course will go smoothly.”

The incident occurred on August 30, during Serbia’s victory against South Sudan (115-83) in the group stage. While engaged in a duel with South Sudanese Nuni Omot, Borisa Simanic received a nudge from his opponent. Drunk with pain, the player let out an atrocious cry, forcing the referee of the game to temporarily interrupt the match.

A harmless incident at first glance, since at the end of the match, the Serbian federation released a press release to reassure the supporters. Boriša felt good, the kidney and all its functions were preserved »indicated the KSS, although the Zaragoza player had to withdraw.

As a reminder, Serbia qualified for the semi-final of the Basketball World Cup after its victory against Lithuania (87-68) this Tuesday. A new feat for the Serbs who will now have to do without Borisa Simanic. The Zaragoza player can in any case count on the support of his teammates to get through this ordeal, like Vladimir Stimac, playing in Qingdao, who wanted to pay tribute to Simanić on X, formerly Twitter, hoping that “the State and the federation will appreciate it forever” while “Borisa Simanic literally gave Serbia a kidney.”