Dutch import Thijs Helder says almost losing a kidney hasn’t stopped his desire to return to the Western Eagles and build on his impressive start to football.
The 20-year-old has endured life’s highs and lows in the past month, suffering a sickening injury during a reserves match for the Eagles before he and his partner Felicity welcomed a baby boy, Levi, days later.
Helder was lucky to avoid losing his kidney after an innocuous hit during a reserves game against Otway Districts left the vital organ lacerated.
He said dealing with his setback around Levi’s arrival was a taxing time for the family.
But Helder said the young couple welcomed a healthy boy, while the new Dad was on the mend and hopeful of returning to work next month.
“It was pretty stressful, but Felicity was a few days overdue so I was able to get home,” he said.
“I’m pretty sore still and I can’t lift anything, they put me on bed rest for five weeks so I’ve got three more weeks of it.
“They want me to go down there on the 28th of June for a CT scan to check how it’s going, but hopefully I’ll be right to work again next month.”
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