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Friday, May 25, 2007

Help needed for a paralysed player please

Help needed for a paralysed player please

I wouldn't normally post something on here that isn't a video clip, but this is an exception. On the 5th of May this year, young Kobus Engelbrecht broke his neck (C5&6 vertebra's) in a school rugby match.

The school is across the road from where I (edit: used to) live, so it gave me chills when I first heard about it. The international rugby player Thinus Delport actually attended the same school a few years back.

Kobus is currently totally paralysed from the neck down. On Tuesday the 8th of May he went into surgery to repair the vertebra fracture, the operation was successful in term of the goals that the doctors had. He is currently in a stable condition in the trauma ICU unit of the Milpark hospital in Johannesburg.

His recovery process will be a lengthy and costly one. A trust account has been opened with the help of Hoffmeyr attorneys and is currently under their management. An sms line for donations has been established and we ask your help in this regard. The sms line and trust account is to assist Kobus and his family with the enormous financial obligation of his recovery.

The family is begging for assistance. We would greatly appreciate if you can help.

The sms line functions as follows: You sms Kobus to 39979 if you're in South Africa, and 002739979 if you're elsewhere.

SMS costs R15 (south african Rands, approximately 1.5 EUR) and the amount is paid over to the trust fund.

Trust account detail:
Acc name: Hofmeyr Att.
Ref: Kobus Engelbrecht trust 01882869
Bank: Absa
Branch code: 331155
Acc nr: 01050451484

Rugbydump.com has already donated and we thought we'd just put this story out there in faith and hope that rugby fans from all over come together to help out this young man who's life will surely never be the same again.

thanks for your time
Grant

UPDATE JUNE 2008:
Kobus is in recovery, and doing the best he can, but messages of support are always much appreciated, so thanks to those who have already commented.

The trust fund is no longer in existence from what I understand, but will get an update about that for you asap.


UPDATE MAY 2011:
It's with great shock and sadness that we can now report that Kobus, and his mother, were very tragically murdered in their home by a family member. May they Rest in Peace.

Posted at 2:33 pm | 97 comments

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Anonymous May 26, 2007 12:47 am

Rugby, as we all know is the very best team and united sport in the world. Ours best friends are the ones that played with us for long time.Rugby is a very great family, as a family we should be all together.Companionshio-Streght-Will-allways forwardFrom Argentina, our pray and companionshipCoco

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Fernando May 26, 2007 3:09 am

It's very sad when things like this happen to our fellow teammates. Rugby is a great sport, but also dangerous.My best wishes, from Brazil.

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Anonymous May 26, 2007 10:24 am

best wishes from wales

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Anonymous May 27, 2007 10:46 am

best wishes from aus

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Anonymous May 27, 2007 6:59 pm

best wishes from Argentina

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Anonymous May 27, 2007 8:18 pm

best wishes from england

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Anonymous May 27, 2007 9:28 pm

best wishes from scotland

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Anonymous May 27, 2007 9:49 pm

best wishes from canada

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Anonymous May 28, 2007 3:36 am

best wishes from singapore

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Anonymous May 28, 2007 3:57 pm

All the best from NZ.

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Anonymous May 29, 2007 8:32 am

it happened werei l ive to very sad

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Anonymous May 29, 2007 7:06 pm

Another Best Wishes from Canada.My entire Senior High School Rugby Team gives their best wishes.

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Anonymous May 30, 2007 1:22 am

Best wishes from the States.

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Anonymous June 02, 2007 10:44 am

Best wishes from Ireland . I'm gonna donate now . Honestly I cant say it doesn't make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I hear about stuff like that !

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Anonymous June 03, 2007 10:39 am

Best wishes, and good luck from england

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Anonymous June 04, 2007 1:16 pm

I've broken C5 and C6 18 months ago but it looks like I got away much more lightly than. Best wishes to all for a speedy recovery!!!!!!!

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Anonymous June 05, 2007 5:38 am

best wishes from hong kong, although it doesnt seem like it but rugby is very big here

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Anonymous June 05, 2007 8:56 am

Best wishes frmo South Africa

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Anonymous June 05, 2007 11:59 am

Best wishes from Botswana and I hope you do have a full recovery.

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Anonymous June 06, 2007 5:40 pm

Best wishes from Ulster. May Ireland be united once again.

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noikz June 09, 2007 12:52 pm

Best wishes to Kobus Engelbrecht and his family.

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Anonymous June 10, 2007 8:48 pm

he ho shed his blood with me, shall be my brother... best wishes from slovenia

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Anonymous June 11, 2007 1:57 pm

best wishes from Germany

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Anonymous June 14, 2007 1:52 am

Chicago, US sends sunshine.Keep your chin up kid!

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Anonymous June 17, 2007 4:04 pm

best wishes from the states, good luck kobus

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Anonymous June 18, 2007 6:12 pm

best wishes from Bristol, UK

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Anonymous June 19, 2007 11:32 pm

Best wishes from Paris, France.

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Anonymous June 22, 2007 10:51 am

Greece is with you!

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Anonymous June 24, 2007 3:26 pm

Best wishes from Holland

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Anonymous June 26, 2007 10:44 am

Best Wishes from Belgium

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Anonymous July 03, 2007 12:02 am

best wishes from Italy

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Topo July 05, 2007 3:54 pm

Best wishes from Rugby Cernusco, Italy. We are all with you buddy!

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Anonymous July 10, 2007 3:39 pm

best wishes from singapore hilgrove secondary school

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joachim July 15, 2007 9:21 am

My best wishes from Belgium.

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Liza July 20, 2007 9:51 pm

Best wishes from Sweden.

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Anonymous July 21, 2007 1:01 pm

keep the faith mate, chin up, all the best from Belgium

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Anonymous July 22, 2007 10:12 pm

best wishes bro.. hope u recover soon.. from a fellow rugby brother in singapore, NTU..

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Anonymous July 30, 2007 8:12 am

rugby is good it is bad the when something happens to your rugby team mates around the world just like say be storng and get well soon paul wallis cardiff , wales

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Anonymous August 06, 2007 3:29 pm

Best wishes from Portugal..Remember that rugby player are a family.

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Aya August 13, 2007 1:49 pm

Best wishes from Indonesia

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Anonymous August 16, 2007 4:33 pm

Best wishes from the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

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Jordan August 16, 2007 8:43 pm

Good luck Kobus, best wishes to you and your family from the USA.

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Anonymous August 17, 2007 2:35 pm

Best Whises from Denmark :)

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Anonymous August 23, 2007 1:24 am

best wishes fom France.

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Anonymous August 24, 2007 11:14 am

this story almost brought to tears and im the sorta person that very rarely cries.it's so sad to hear of crippling injuries as a rugby player.best wishes kobus from me and all of us at warley rfc

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Anonymous August 25, 2007 9:30 am

best wishes from france hope you recover soon!!

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Anonymous September 01, 2007 6:13 am

Best wishes from Chile, hope you recover soon.

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Anonymous September 07, 2007 9:39 pm

An injury such as this is a tragedy, I know two people who had injuries resulting in paralysis as a result of schools rugby matches, and a third who suffered his paralysis under different circumstances......The effect of such injuries are impossible to understand unless you or a close one have been unfortunate enough to suffer them. My thoughts are with Kobus and his family, his friends and teammates. Wishing you well, from Dublin, Ireland.

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Anonymous September 11, 2007 9:19 am

I personally know two people who have been seriously injured in school rugby. One of them, Craig had never given up his thirst to play sport- he is an example to all of us, he came back to Ballyclare high school in his wheelchair and finished his exams and went to uni- http://www.gaelicwarriors.com/craig.html he is now playing in th ewheelchair rugby world cup in France with his heroes by his side. the great thing about rugby is the fans and we are there for you always

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Marc O. September 12, 2007 11:56 am

All the best whishes from Germany! Keep your head up, buddy!

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Anonymous September 15, 2007 4:42 pm

Best wishes from Antwerp, Belgium.The Schilde Diabolos will dedicate their next match to you, my friend!

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Fawwaz September 18, 2007 4:37 am

Best wishes, Kobus. Hope you have a speedy recovery, from Singapore.

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petroshernandez September 19, 2007 7:14 am

Hey there mukka..terrible news hearin what happened to you. There is a poet by the name of Longfellow who wrote some good stuff you might find helps you on your journey. I'll give you a thought each day, and with your own strength and the strength of those around you, I reckon you'll find that your talent has many avenues.

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Anonymous September 22, 2007 12:41 pm

best wishes from malaysia. keep your spirits up bro, you'll get through this.

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Anonymous September 26, 2007 4:40 pm

best wishes from Rugby Club Curtrycke Belgium. stay strong!

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Anonymous September 27, 2007 5:12 pm

Shinx Says: Best Wishes from an Englishman in Canada

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Anonymous September 27, 2007 11:23 pm

Recover well, but we must reflect on this... Is schools rugby being taken too seriously? Is there a need for this high intensity standard?Best wishes, from Ireland

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Anonymous October 08, 2007 6:58 pm

best wished from france wishing u a fast recovery how are you doing? are you still paralysed from neck down? :(

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Anonymous October 10, 2007 1:44 pm

Best wishes from Switzerland!

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Anonymous October 10, 2007 2:56 pm

we pray for your recovery.best wishes from Japan.

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Anonymous October 11, 2007 6:15 pm

Remember buddy when one road ends, another one begins. Stay strong, my prayers are with you from the U.S

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Anonymous October 12, 2007 1:13 am

Best Wishes from Australia.

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DXB October 14, 2007 9:40 am

best wishes from Dubai.We'll see waht we can for the player.For now, we wish him the strenth and will power to recover and make the best of his situation.dxb

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Bobby #15 October 14, 2007 11:18 pm

From Huddersfield R.U.F.C best wishes

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Anonymous October 18, 2007 2:50 am

Best wishes from Sri Lanka

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Anonymous October 19, 2007 4:25 pm

Best wishes from England, thought's are with you.

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Anonymous October 21, 2007 1:00 pm

best wishes from Cardiff

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Ronnie October 22, 2007 4:16 pm

best wishes from Crieff rugby team, scotland.ill make sure i donate.

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Anonymous October 30, 2007 8:56 am

Best wishes from Singapore.Nic

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Anonymous October 31, 2007 5:58 pm

All the best from London Welsh RFC.

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Anonymous November 06, 2007 9:04 pm

I'm currently playing rugby at school (Under 14s) and I have seen a couple of nasty injuries this season at school unfortunately, but none as bad as this. We're unbeaten currently, and we will try and stay unbeaten in your memory buddy. Best wishes from England.Chris

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Canal de Isabel Segu November 09, 2007 2:46 pm

Best wishes from Spain.

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Anonymous November 12, 2007 2:20 pm

best wishes from Malaysia.

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Anonymous December 06, 2007 1:54 pm

Best wishes from Switzerland. RFC Basel

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Anonymous December 11, 2007 9:20 am

best wishes from dublin ireland, DLSP rugby club

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Anonymous December 14, 2007 4:30 pm

so sorry to hear about it so i will try everything to let people now about accidents in sport as quick as possible.our town wish u a very succesful recovery.

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hamish m December 23, 2007 11:37 pm

Best wishes from Leos rugby club, England.Donated.

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Anonymous January 15, 2008 10:28 pm

i hate to hear this happening, anyone who plays rugby is part of the same family!!love and support from england,all the bestDonated.

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Anonymous February 04, 2008 5:03 pm

hang in there mate....Best wishes from THE FIJI ISLANDS.

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Anonymous March 06, 2008 4:11 pm

Best wishes from Scotland. We wish you a speedy recovery.

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Anonymous March 06, 2008 4:11 pm

Best wishes from Scotland. We wish you a speedy recovery.

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Anonymous March 29, 2008 5:27 pm

more best wishes from SCOTLAND

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Anonymous March 29, 2008 5:27 pm

more best wishes from SCOTLAND

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Anonymous April 06, 2008 7:42 am

It has happened a coyple of times in rugby. Max Brito at the 1995 world cup and matt hampson in 2005 luckily they are both recovering

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evnzz999 April 11, 2008 2:56 pm

good luck.u r very brave friend.

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Anonymous April 11, 2008 10:57 pm

i play rugby myself and i now wot he must be feelin nowing he cant play again all the best m8t uk !!!!

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Anonymous April 19, 2008 10:44 am

hi this is brandon, im fromn aus and i play rugby. i know wat it feels like to be hit hard. bet wen some one does a cheap hit on some one there normally the dangerous hits. I think rugby union reffs shud be a little more strict on wat somne players get away with.hope every thing gets betta,thanks;brandon

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Anonymous June 01, 2008 6:06 pm

best wishes from indiana, big guy

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Abbyno7 September 21, 2008 1:24 am

Best wishes young man. I really hope you get better and i will pray for you. A young lad got paralysed during a collapsed scrum on the 13th of September playing my old school. I'm going to find out if there are donations for his recovery and will make an update as soon as possible.

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Anonymous May 27, 2011 11:27 am

RIP Kobus,

You were a hero and insperation to us all.
Kobus was killed and his mother was killed today(27/05/2011).

See Beeld.

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Anonymous May 27, 2011 2:36 pm

Rest in peace.

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Anonymous May 27, 2011 3:00 pm

what a shame....best wishes from the US

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Anonymous May 27, 2011 3:15 pm

Test in peace,
condolences from Belgium

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Lucas V. May 27, 2011 3:26 pm

best wishes from Brazil

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Anonymous May 27, 2011 4:29 pm

An absolute tragedy,rest in peace from Ireland

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Fitho.vn May 27, 2011 4:55 pm

best wishes from Chile

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Anonymous May 28, 2011 4:44 am

best wishes from chile and my condolences.

you give us inspiration.

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