New Zealand basketball player Akil Mitchell opens up about horrific eye injury

New Zealand basketball player Akil Mitchell opens up about horrific eye injury

Auckland: Akil Mitchell is an american basketball player currently playing for the New Zealand Breakers, he received an horrific injury during the game on Thursday and one of his eyes popped out of the socket, according to the media reports he has said that he is doing well now.

The injury occurred on Thursday night in Auckland during an Australian NBL game, an opposing player accidently shoved his finger into Akil’s eye dislodging his eyeball.

Akil Mitchell told New Zealand’s Radio Sport: “With the palm of my hand I felt my eyeball on the side of my face. I could still see out of that eye. I remember thinking oh man… this is kinda bad, but I actually felt it kind of out of place and that’s when I kind of freaked out a little bit.”

Fortunately his left eye has been placed back into the socket and his eyesight seems to be working fine, his spirits are high but he refuses to look at the video of the incident after experiencing it first hand.

He said: “One of my teammates wanted me to see it and I was like, ‘I can’t do it.’ It kind of makes my eye throb a little just thinking about it, so I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to watch it.”

He is seeing fine from that eye for now but further tests will be performed tomorrow.


“I really do feel as serious as that injury could have been, for everything to be OK and for me to be able to see you guys today and joke about it last night is something I can only describe as a miracle.

“We were playing hard, just good basketball,” he said of the incident. “Two guys went after the ball and I think it was Nnanna’s finger I felt go in my eye. Initially it just felt like I got poked in the eye and I thought ‘this is going to be a bad one’. Then I felt my eye out of the socket. That’s when I think I started to freak out a little bit.”

“We went back into the [changing] room and I kind of laid back while we waited for the ambulance and after maybe five or 10 minutes it felt like it was kinda moving back into place. In the ambulance I was kinda high on the gas or pain meds and remember feeling it just release. I could blink again and I was good to go.

“It just felt amazing to blink again because my eye was so dry from being open all the time.”

Akil Mitchell has said that he is expecting to fully recover and start playing soon.

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