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Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Stuart Mangan documentary - The day my life changed

The Stuart Mangan documentary - The day my life changed

Early last week I let you know that there was a show coming up on TV about Stuart Mangan , the young player who suffered a horrific rugby injury while playing for his club in London. Thanks to the help of a friend, weve managed to organise that you can watch the full version of this touching documentary right here on the site.

If youre not familiar with the story, Irishman Stuart broke his neck when playing rugby in London in 2008. Only 24 at the time, the young flyhalf went into a ruck and suffered what has been described as one of the worst spinal injuries to be seen in the sport.

Stuart was left with no feeling below his neck as the C1 complete break meant his life changed dramatically in an instant. Requiring a ventilator to breathe, and 24 hour supervision, this is the story of what the next 16 months were like for him.

Tragically, Stuart contracted an illness and passed away a year ago, in August 2009.

This is not a rugby documentary. It is however the story of how a talented young man, who had the world at his feet, had his, and his loved one's lives changed forever after something that happened on the rugby field.

His story is that of courage and determination, and as youll see, he showed remarkable strength given the circumstances that he found himself in for the last few months of his short, but eventful, life.

We all play and love the wonderful game of rugby, and while these type of injuries are incredibly rare, its important that we come together when they do happen. Donate what you can, give your time, and make a difference where possible.

Once again, this is a heartbreaking story and rugby is not featured prominently in it. I thought it was important to share with you all though as Stuarts enthusiasm and determination is infectious and inspiring to say the least. Its just under an hour long and tracks his new life after the injury, up until his untimely passing.

The documentary is in 5 parts, so it's presented to you below as a playlist. That means that it will start at Part 1, and change to Part 2 automatically, etc. You can control which part you see by clicking the button to the right of the play button.

Total time: 56 mins
RD Cares
Rugbydump has a new initiative that hopes to make a difference by creating awareness for those who have been severely injured and need the help of others from the rugby community. Young Ben Leia is one such player, as he broke his neck in January of this year in Samoa.

You can find out more about RD Cares and Ben by following the link. It's a work in progress that will be added to and improved as we go along. If you know of organisations or individuals that need help, please get in touch. Thanks.

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:54 am | View Comments (34)

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Anonymous August 19, 2010 10:47 am

RIP Stuart


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James August 19, 2010 11:44 am

incredible man, with an incredible family friends and girlfriend for sticking by him to the end

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Citing Commissioner August 19, 2010 11:55 am

A true inspiration. Putting life back into perspective.

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leonhealy August 19, 2010 11:57 am

Wow. An impressive fella. Best wishes to his family and friends. He was a real trooper. An inspiration.

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Anonymous August 19, 2010 12:43 pm

He is an exemple for us, his familly and friends. R.I.P Stuart

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Anonymous August 19, 2010 12:52 pm

Really puts life into perspective, was great to see despite his condition he was still living life to to the full and enjoying it.

R.I.P and best wishes to all his family and friends

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Anonymous August 19, 2010 1:21 pm

RIP what a legend to cope with that in the way that he did

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james mcadden August 19, 2010 1:35 pm

I had to stop watching 3 parts through, totally f~cking heart breaking.

Now get out lads and live your life for him!

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Flooz August 19, 2010 2:05 pm

it makes ur little daily problems even more tiny.
"life is short" proverb is a bit dj-vu but it is quite true.

RIP from France, ur video will give hopes to many people

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Bealy August 19, 2010 2:19 pm

A great man no doubt, an inspiration to us all. An example that should be followed by everyone.

My thoughts go out to his family and freinds.

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HAC man August 19, 2010 4:03 pm

Hearth breaking story. He was a strong and incredible person.
Our thought are with his family and friends.
Rest in peace Stuart.

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Max August 19, 2010 4:37 pm

Thx for the link

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Anonymous August 19, 2010 4:53 pm

my thoughts are with stuarts family and all others who have been affected by such circumstances. R.I.P

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Aisling August 19, 2010 5:59 pm

That is the most heartwarming video I have ever watched...He is an inspiration to both young and old and I have no doubt he is watching down on his family and friends .....

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Anonymous August 19, 2010 9:22 pm

RIP Stuart gone but never forgotten

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Sean August 19, 2010 10:08 pm

R.I.P Stuart, what a brave guy and an absolutely incredible family, friends and girlfriend.

An inspiration to us all

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Anonymous August 19, 2010 11:13 pm

steping out on to a rugby pitch first time this season on saturday, and i will allways now thing of stuart when i do so. great man, wish i had the pleasure to him x

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FG August 19, 2010 11:57 pm

6 foot 5 inches, 118kg....reduced to a teary mess....

how embarrassing..

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FG August 19, 2010 11:59 pm

...that being said, its a strong vid, and as with the above, my thoughts are with family and friends.


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Anonymous August 20, 2010 2:29 am

Amazing how positive his attitude was... What a warrior, RIP Stuart.

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Anonymous August 20, 2010 10:31 am

Genuine chap who puts me to shame, rest in peace

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Anonymous August 20, 2010 10:55 am

Poor guy, I remember the whip round at our club for him, had no idea of the personality behind the injury. I'm in awe of the resilience of his spirit.

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Anonymous August 20, 2010 12:05 pm

RIP stuart

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Anonymous August 20, 2010 12:46 pm

That video almost brought me to tears. What a an absolute hero. RIP Stuart.

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Anonymous August 20, 2010 1:36 pm

An amazing attitude to life, before and after the accident. A truly inspiring documentry.

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Chris_J August 20, 2010 1:46 pm

Absolutely heart-breaking video. Still though he carried on with his life. That takes way more guts than I'll ever have. A friend of mine in Wales broke his neck a few years ago when he was hooking in a scrum that collapsed. Thank god he was up and walking within two months. I really hope this never happens to another rugger as unrealistic as that is...

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David August 20, 2010 8:05 pm

Really upsetting stuff towards the end. Guy was as brave as they come.

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Anonymous August 20, 2010 11:01 pm

Gotta say the most upsetting part for me was not all the 'now he cant move his lifestyle has changed, no rugby no this no that' stuff, but merely the 'ten days later part'

I mean come on, that is f****g cruel, the look on the guys face when he has a set of wheels and can move all around by himself, therefore gaining more freedom, but to only hear that lasted for a handful of days is just heartbreaking!

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FG August 20, 2010 11:02 pm

(by FG) ^^^^

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Greiffel August 21, 2010 7:25 am

FG, totally agree. Heartbreaking stuff. I cant help wishing I'd done more when he was still alive, but these things happen and maybe next time we can make a difference

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bobby August 21, 2010 11:27 am

why does it say 1983 to 2009? has he passed away?... my internet is too slow to watch the flick

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Laz August 21, 2010 11:53 am

bobby, then read the write-up maybe..?

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Anonymous August 21, 2010 1:11 pm

inspirational guy, absolute hero, still had an awesome personality and sense of humour even despite his condition...he deserves a hell of a lot of recognistion for his attitude on life, stronger and better man than anyone i will or ever will meet! RIP stuart!

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Michael August 23, 2010 1:57 pm


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