Michael Fatialofa: Worcester forward leaves hospital to continue spinal injury recovery

Michael Fatialofa had only been on the Allianz Park pitch a minute after coming on for fellow lock Graham Kitchener
Michael Fatialofa had only been on the Allianz Park pitch for a minute after coming on for fellow lock Graham Kitchener

Worcester forward Michael Fatialofa has left hospital a month after suffering a serious spinal cord injury.

The 27-year-old was hurt in his side's Premiership loss to Saracens on 4 January and spent more than a fortnight in intensive care at St Mary's Hospital in central London.

He will move to a spinal rehabilitation unit to continue his recovery.

"Doctors, nurses and physios have been amazing," Fatialofa wrote on his Instagram page.

"Overwhelmed by the love and support from family and friends. Thanks for riding with me. The marathon continues," he added.

The Rugby Players' Association has launched a crowdfunding page to raise money to help Fatialofa and his family.

Michael Fatialofa's many visitors in hospital included Samoa's Jordan Puletua, Cardiff Blues' Willis Halaholo and former Australia sevens winger Kimami Sitauti
Among Michael Fatialofa's many visitors in hospital were Samoa's Jordan Puletua, Cardiff Blues' Willis Halaholo and former Australia sevens winger Kimami Sitauti

Harlequins' head of rugby Paul Gustard and Saracens players Jamie George, Will Skelton and Duncan Taylor are among those from Premiership clubs who have already donated to the page, which has raised more than £10,000 in less than 18 hours.

"As a family, we appreciate any help people are willing to give at this difficult time," Fatialofa's wife Tatiana said.

"It is very humbling and well outside of our comfort zone to reach out and ask for support in this way.

"We would love to thank everyone in advance, and feel so overwhelmed already by the generosity, prayers and kindness Michael and I have been shown.

"Together, we can all ensure he has the best chance of regaining independence and living a fulfilling life again."

Worcester co-owner Colin Goldring said: "Warriors are fully supportive of the campaign that has been launched and we would like supporters who want to support Michael and his family to donate to the page.

"Warriors are continuing to employ Michael and have also covered the costs of a private hospital to ensure that he has the best possible care and as a starting donation to the fundraising.

"Discussions about major fundraising events are continuing and we hope to announce further details in the near future."