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Footy game turns into horror for girl, 15, left without feeling from the waist down after being knocked out – as her family and club rally behind her in a recovery battle

  • Jaida Samuels, 15, injured after being knocked out playing rugby union
  • Talented athlete now in Sydney ICU with functional neurological disorder
  • Celtics Rugby Club on the Gold Coast has gathered around Jaida and her family

A promising teenage rugby player faces an uncertain future after a tackle on the field leaves her feeling numb from the waist down in a hospital ICU.

Jaida Samuels, 15, who attends Westfields Sports High in Sydney’s west, was knocked out in the collision last month and does not remember the incident.

Days later, the talented rugby union and rugby league player still had no feeling in her right arm or legs.

And as the weeks go on, doctors don’t know if she’ll make a full recovery.

Her distraught mother Shannon has flown in from the Gold Coast as many times as possible to be with her daughter, but with her partner Luka currently unable to work at his construction job after rupturing his Achilles tendon six weeks ago, the money is out. tight.

Jaida Samuels faces an uncertain future after a tackle on the pitch during a rugby match in May left her in a hospital ICU with a functional neurological disorder

Jaida's mother Shannon Mason (pictured right) has flown in from the Gold Coast as often as possible to be with her daughter at a Sydney hospital, where she remains in the ICU

Jaida’s mother Shannon Mason (pictured right) has flown in from the Gold Coast as often as possible to be with her daughter at a Sydney hospital, where she remains in the ICU

Celtics Rugby Club on the Gold Coast has gathered around the family and created a GoFundMe . organization pagewith a $10,000 goal to help with ongoing medical expenses.

The club’s president, Rata Rawhiti, said Jaida’s mental and physical well-being remains a major concern.

“The doctors say she’s not completely paralyzed, it’s just her brain telling her she is,” Rawhiti said.

“It’s been tough on the Gold Coast parents with a half-paralyzed daughter in NSW…so we (Celtics) wanted to help.”

Rawhiti went on to label Jaida a “great athlete”, who is “very bright with a great future”.

Celtics Rugby Club on the Gold Coast has gathered around the family and Jaida and created a GoFundMe page with a $10,000 goal to help with ongoing medical costs

Celtics Rugby Club on the Gold Coast has gathered around the family and Jaida and created a GoFundMe page with a $10,000 goal to help with ongoing medical costs

Many Celtic club members are also determined to get the youngster back on his feet, as they ‘hope to see her in a Maroon (rugby league) jersey one day’.

Functional neurological disorders tend to affect the senses, especially the ability to see, walk, hear, and swallow.

The condition relates to how the brain functions, rather than damage to the structure of the brain.

Symptoms include loss of balance, seizures, difficulty holding food, and blurred vision.

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