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Basketball Accident: Player’s Eyeballs Pop Out in the Middle of the Game

Update Date: Jan 28, 2017 10:21 AM EST

In New Zealand, one basketball player’s eyes popped out in the middle of the game. The game was put in a halt while medical officials rushed to the player for assistance. The player is now recovering and is thankful for all the support and prayers he has received.

Akil Mitchell is a 24 year old basketball player from New Zealand Breakers team and was playing against Cairns when the incident happened. According to reports, Mitchell was going for a rebound when he was poked in the face that resulted to his eyes popping out from its socket.

It was obvious that his teammates were visibly concerned but the game had to continue. In the end, New Zealand lost the National Basketbal League game from Cairns with a score of 94 to 81. Mitchell tweeted recently and he assures everyone that he is okay and seems to have no vision problems. “thanks for all the love, well wishes, and prayers tonight. I'm home and seeing fine, more tests tomorrow” he tweeted.

One of his teammates, Paul Carter, wanted him to see the video but he just can’t do it. He says the idea of seeing his eyes popping out from its socket is too hard for him to see so he’s not sure if he will ever watch the video. “Paul really wanted me to see it and I was like, 'I can't do it,” he shared.

In a news article, Mitchell shared a moment from when his eyes popped out from its socket. He said he could still see from his eyes when the incident happened and compares his vision to a chameleon. He can see in different angles and directions. Hundreds of people have posted their support for Mitchell and are wishing him a speedy recovery.

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