West Tigers player, Charlie Staines, has spoken out about the injury that threatened to derail his season earlier this year. Staines suffered a perforated bowel in a match against the Sea Eagles in April, a condition which he admits he had never heard of before. The injury occurred during the match, but Staines was able to play on, thinking it felt like a bad stitch. Later, while sitting with his family after the game at the leagues club in Campbelltown, he began to feel a burning sensation in his bowel. This resulted in excruciating pain, and he knew something was wrong.
Staines called the West Tigers doctor who took him to the hospital immediately. The doctors quickly discovered the perforated bowel, a condition that can be life-threatening if left untreated as it can lead to sepsis. After heavy doses of painkillers, Staines went into surgery the next morning, where doctors successfully repaired the hole.
Although the injury was serious, Staines lost only five kilos in the weeks after surgery and has been slowly building up his strength and fitness. He has been amazed by the support he has received from the Tigers’ community during his recovery, with both Tim Sheens and assistant Benji Marshall calling him regularly.
After a tough start to the season, the Tigers are starting to find some form, winning three of their last five games. However, Staines admits that he has been disappointed to be off the field and not a part of the team’s success. Nonetheless, he remains positive about his recovery and is looking forward to helping his team later in the season.