Kevin McHugh won’t be giving out high-fives anytime soon. The Irish soccer star suffered a devastating injury on Oct. 5 when his finger got caught in a fence! He shared a pic of the damage and it’s definitely NOT for the squeamish. Click to see but be warned: it’s graphic!
“Think that’s my season over…” Kevin, 36, tweeted on Oct. 5, sharing a picture of his mangled finger to all his Twitter fans. The captain of the Finn Harps soccer squad was hosting a coaching session in County Donegal when he chased after a loose ball, according to the BBC. While leaping over a fence to get the ball, Kevin’s wedding ring got caught and it looks like he nearly tore the finger (bone and all) right off his hand!
While the injury is almost too much to comprehend, what’s more astounding is this: the pic Kevin took was from the driver’s seat of his car. That’s right. After possibly destroying his finger, he drove himself to the nearby Letterkenny University Hospital to try and save the digit. Unbelievable.
No one can ever say that Kevin isn’t tough. He also seemed to have a sense of humor about the accident. He tweeted a picture of him in a the hospital bed, saying that “Twitter [is] keeping me calmer than morphine.” Maybe he can get some advice from Lindsay Lohan, 30, as the Mean Girls actress suffered some digit destruction during a boating accident.
All joking aside, Kevin thinks he suffered “too much damage” to save his finger, and Dr. Alastair Brown, a plastic surgeon consultant, said that the chances of saving it depends on the extent of the injury. “If it’s badly crushed or completely ripped off,” the doctor said, “it can be difficult to operate on, so we need to evaluate whether or not it makes sense to try and salvage it.”
This injury is eerily similar to the one that Jimmy Fallon, 42, suffered in 2015. The host of The Tonight Show fell while he was in his kitchen, and his wedding ring caught on the side of the counter. Yikes! Doctors told Jimmy he had severe “ring avulsion,” and it took the skilled hand of Dr. David Chiu to save the digit from being amputated! Sadly, it’s not looking like Kevin will be so lucky!
Our thoughts go out to Kevin as he recovers from this freak accident. HollywoodLifers – send your well wishes to the soccer star!