Holy Crap: An Indian Premier League Player Died After A Backflip Celebration
We've seen injuries sustained during celebrations in pro sports, but an actual death? Tragedy struck in the Mizoram Premier League in India when a 23-year-old midfielder for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC died due to an injury to his spinal cord, sustained while doing a somersault after scoring a goal. The injury to Peter Biaksangzuala happened on Tuesday, and after being rushed to the hospital for surgery, he passed away on Sunday.
The match in which he sustained his injury was a state level game in the Mizoram Premier League -- the third tier of professional soccer in India.
The team has issued a statement on its Facebook page. An excerpt:
In this life, one is required to make many very worldly decisions. Sometimes we take risks and sometimes we take opinions of experienced people. But the only fact on which you will rely when you decide to donate your eyes to the blind, is a good heart. And Peter had a good heart. He donated his eyes for a suffering blind person and he had that desire to help him or her see the world and lead and enjoy a normal life. Peter while he was in the hospital bed told Bethlenhem Vengthlang secretary Lalruatfela ''Sir, I'll be with God'' and the last entry in his diary was from the Bible -2 Chronicles 16:9 - "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His."
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