In Manila, Philippines, Boriša Simanić, a power forward representing the Serbian national team, underwent kidney surgery following an elbow strike to his midsection during the FIBA World Cup, as reported by the Serbian Federation on Monday.
The injury occurred during the closing moments of Serbia’s victory over South Sudan last Wednesday. Simanić received an inadvertent elbow from South Sudan’s Nuni Omot, resulting in immediate and intense pain. He was swiftly transported to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery that same night.
However, Simanić faced complications over the weekend, including difficulties in identifying his blood type, according to Serbian coach Svetislav Pesic. Several of Simanić’s Serbian teammates generously volunteered to donate their blood.
On Sunday, a second surgical procedure was performed on Simanić, leading to the removal of his kidney, as confirmed by Dr. Dragan Radovanović, the Serbian national team’s doctor. His recovery is expected to necessitate an extended hospital stay in Manila.
On Monday, Nuni Omot expressed remorse through a statement released by South Sudan’s basketball federation. He described the incident as “unintentional and unfortunate” and expressed deep sadness over Simanić’s injuries. Omot, acknowledging the severity of the situation, offered his heartfelt apologies, emphasizing that no player should endure such an ordeal. He also extended his prayers for Simanić’s swift recovery and return to the basketball court.
At the age of 25, Simanić has been a part of the Serbian national team since his teenage years. He participated in the Utah Jazz summer league in 2022 and has had a professional basketball career in Serbia and Spain. This summer, he served as a backup on the national team, averaging six minutes per game.
As Serbia prepares to face Lithuania in the World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, Simanić’s No. 28 jersey has been placed on an empty seat on the team’s bench for the past two games as a tribute.
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