PSG goalkeeper Sergio Rico leaves hospital after almost three months

PSG goalkeeper Sergio Rico leaves hospital hand-in-hand with his wife, almost three months after ex-Premier League star was trampled by a horse and left with spinal injury which would have killed him if it was 5mm deeper

  •  Sergio Rico sustained life-threatening injuries after being trampled by a horse
  • 29-year-old was discharged from the hospital following a miraculous recovery
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An emotional Sergio Rico hailed his wife’s support and dedication as he left the hospital for the first time on Friday following his miraculous recovery from a life-threatening accident. 

The 29-year-old suffered major blows to the head and neck as he was trampled by a horse, and spent 36 days in intensive care as medical staff tried to safe his life. 

Rico, who was the subject of tributes from his PSG team mates during title celebrations in May, thanked those who had assisted in his remarkable recovery. But was keen to reserve special praise for Alba Silva, his wife, who stayed by his side during the ordeal. 

‘I feel quite well,’ he told reporters outside the Seville-based hospital. ‘I wanted to say a few words to thank my family and my wife. I wanted to thank the football world that has sent me messages of support.

‘Everyone who has stopped for a minute to give me support, I thank them. Also, of course, the staff of the Hospital Virgen del Rocio, who are professionals of the highest order.

Sergio Rico was discharged following his remarkable three-month recovery from life-threatening injuries

29-year-old fought back tears as he spoke to reporters outside the Hospital Virgen del Rocio

Rico spent a single season on-loan in the Premier League with Fulham in the 2018-19 season


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‘I feel very emotional. Thanks above all to my wife, who has spent almost 20 hours a day with me.’

For much of the intervening time between the near fatal accident and today’s heart warming development, Rico’s prospects did not look especially positive. 

In May, the former Fulham stopper travelled back to his native Seville to observe one of Spain’s biggest religious festivals in El Rocio, Andalusia. 

But was knocked unconscious on the morning of May 28 when his horse delivered two devastating blows – one to the head and another to his neck – after Rico is believed to have fallen off as the horse became agitated. 

According to the report filed by local police, which has been seen by The Athletic, doctors later noted that if the injury was half a centimetre deeper, he would have died instantly.

Despite a delayed emergency response, the Spanish international was attended to by two passers-by who happened to be nurses and helped administer first aid. 

He was then taken to hospital where he was admitted to the intensive care unit, sedated, intubated and stabilised.

News quickly began to circulate around the world of the incident and many of the shot stopper’s current and former team mates dedicated messages of support to him. 

Kylian Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain paid tribute to Sergio Rico against Clermont Foot

Lionel Messi and the PSG team wore warm up t-shirts with the keeper face on it before a game

Rico’s former team Sevilla send a message of support on the club’s Twitter account, while president Pepe Castro visited him at the hospital

In total Rico spent 19 days in a coma before beginning on his incredible route to a full recovery. In June, Silva revealed that he had begun interacting for the first time since the accident. 

‘He is improving. He communicates, Sergio communicates,’ she told Antena 3. ‘He communicates. He calls us by name and everything, he knows perfectly who all of us who enter are and has a great memory.’ 

Leaving the hospital on Friday a thinner Rico, who reportedly lost more than 20kg, every week he was in intensive care, embarked on a continued period of recovery for the next few months in Seville. 

A return to football and PSG, where he was set to sign a contract renewal until 2028, is not the primary concern at present. 

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