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Jackson Owusu: Surgeon explains successful operation, midfielder out for 8 months

Asante Kotoko’s solid midfielder, Jackson Owusu has been in the news in recent times for all the obvious reasons; specifically for his injury he picked last Sunday.

The 26-year old Jackson had his leg broken while playing with friends after breaking camp rules to play a match not sanctioned by the club.

Many had argued that the player in question had to be severely punished for the truant behavior shown whiles a section of the media has also said, he needs to be forgiven on account of going the extra mile by doing his personal training.

This news has not gone down well with the Porcupine Warriors, especially the Management of the club, with the assistant manager stating that he will receive the necessary punishment from the club.

In an exclusive interview with Kumasi-based radio station, Boss FM, Dr. Michael Leat, who is at the Orthopedic Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH); specialized in bones and joints, explained what really went on behind the scenes.

“He is a player, talking to him; you could realize that he is saddened about the whole issue.”

“He was brought to KATH on Sunday. We [the surgical team] decided to prepare him for surgery but before then, he had to be examined first. So he was sent to the theatre room the following day and by God’s grace, the surgery lasted 1hour 30 minutes. He is okay.”

Jackson Owusu after successful surgery

Midfielder Jackson Owusu after successful surgery

Dr. Leat explained how serious the injury was and likened it to Gideon Baah and Eric Bekoe, all being former Kotoko players, who had attended to in a similar fashion.

“It was serious. The tibia or the shin [the front part of the leg below the knee] got broken.

“Eric Bekoe and Gideon Baah’s injury were around the same area,” Dr. Leat explained.

“Jackson’s injury is similar to Bekoe’s one. Same as the treatment. But Gideon’s case was slightly different but the same form of treatment was given.”

Dr. Adu Gyamfi, who was part of the surgical team, also said their main concern was the main bone that got broken.

“In human beings, there two bones in a leg. We have the main bone and the subordinate bone. In Jackson’s case, the two bones got broken but our utmost concern is the main bone since he will be using it a lot as a footballer.”

Dr. Leat further revealed the extent at which the former Berekum Chelsea midfielder could be on the sidelines.

“Metal titanium has been inserted into his leg to help heal it. For active football, it will take a while but walking and attending to his normal duties, there wouldn’t be any problem.

“For this season, he is out of the season. When he is fully healed, the metal plate has to be removed and again visit the rehabilitation centre. Couple with these prolongs his comeback.

“Every broken bone has a stipulated time for healing. For a fully healed bone it takes 6-8 months, that is if everything is okay,” Leat added.

In a later development, the mother of Jackson Owusu, Mad. Doris Abu pleaded with the Kotoko Management on their stance taken to punish her son

“I was very sad when I heard the news. Because on that fateful morning, he told me he had some errands to do in town. And in a matter on 10 minutes, I was told this has happened,” she told Boss FM.

“In fact I was very sad. I rushed to the scene and what I saw confirmed the earlier news which I was told.

“We [the family] plead with the Kotoko board and Management about what has happened. It won’t repeat for a second time.”

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