Scotland rugby doctor gets medical honour

image captionThom Evans pictured ahead of the match with Wales in which he was injured

The doctor who treated injured rugby player Thom Evans on the field has received the "ultimate recognition" from a top medical body.

Dr James Robson was awarded the Fellowship ad hominem from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He was the first medic to treat Evans at the Millennium Stadium during Scotland's defeat to Wales in the 2010 Six Nations in February.

Evans credited the doctor's actions with preventing permanent paralysis.

Dr Robson has been involved with Scottish rugby for more than 20 years.

It is extremely rare for the Fellowship ad hominem to be presented to a non-surgeon.

The honour is given to those who are thought to have achieved distinction in their professional field, showing special service to the "art and science of surgery".

Dr Robson, 52, said he was "flabbergasted" to be awarded such an honour.

He said: "It's incredible. I'm not a surgeon and to be recognised by a college like this is just fantastic.

"In many ways it's the ultimate recognition but I believe it's a reflection on how seriously we treat player welfare and safety in Scottish and indeed British rugby."

Dr Robson, who is originally from Whitehaven in Cumbria, has also served as doctor for the British and Irish Lions on their past five tours.

David Tolley, president of the college, said: "His dedication to the enhancement of medical care for rugby players at all levels of the game, and his tireless efforts in advancing the reputation and status of sports medicine have earned him the respect of all of our surgical fellows and members."

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