Tuesday, February 16, 2016

14-year-old basketball player impaled by piece of court floor during game (VIDEO)

A 14-year-old Wisconsin youth league basketball player was partially impaled by a floorboard during a freak accident on the court during a game.

The young female was sprinting down the court when she collided with a ball-handler from the opposing team and hit the hardwood. She slid about three feet on her stomach before she came to a sudden stop underneath the basket.

She stayed down and couldn’t move because a four-inch piece of wood sticking up from the floor had pierced her torso, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

Emergency crews rushed to the Middleton gym and carried the girl out on a stretcher. She spent the night at American Family Children's Hospital, according to a local Wisconsin station, and reportedly did not suffer any injuries to her internal organs.

The girl's mother, who was the team's coach, was at her side during the scary scene.

"They did some exploratory surgery to see if there were any perforations internally and there weren't," tournament organizer Perry Hibner told the local station.

Hibner said that the relatively new floor of the fieldhouse was put in 15 years ago and maintained that this was a freak occurrence.

"Kind of like a strike of lightning where you just don't think those things are going to happen," he told the station. "It was a complete fluke."

School officials are taking extra steps to fix the relatively new floor.

The resilient 14-year-old is expected to recover and even play in a game again this week.

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