Boucher's doctors 'optimistic'

2012-07-26 12:43

Johannesburg - Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher could regain most of the sight in his left eye after a freak accident tore his retina, his doctor said on Thursday.

"While it is impossible to predict the long-term outcome of Mark's eye injury, his medical team are nevertheless cautiously optimistic that he will have a reasonable recovery of the vision in his left eye," his doctor Peter Sandell said in a statement.

The 35-year-old underwent two operations after his left eyeball was torn by a dislodged bail off an Imran Tahir delivery during a warm-up match prior to a three-Test series in England earlier in July.

Doctors had feared he would be left totally blind in the damaged eye, but the prognosis has improved over time.

"Due to the severity of the injury, as well as the pain related to the recent lengthy surgical procedure, Mark has been strictly house-bound," said Sandell.

"Over the next three to six months, Mark will undergo further surgery procedures in an attempt to improve his vision."

Boucher, whose Test career spanned 15 years, immediately retired from international cricket following the injury.


  • itumeleng.mogaki - 2012-07-26 12:52

    Thumbs Up!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 15:30

      he will save 50% on eye tests

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-26 12:52

    Very glad!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 15:30

      he really bailed on the team

  • Jetvn - 2012-07-26 13:04

    It's always good to hear good news like this! Here's hoping Boucher has a full recovery!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 15:30

      he didnt see this one coming

  • nathan.barnes.503 - 2012-07-26 13:40

    Great news!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 15:31

      i spy with my little eye, something beginning with bail

      nathan.barnes.503 - 2012-07-26 17:07

      A sentence should always start with a capital letter.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 20:11

      just like nathan and barnes

      nathan.barnes.503 - 2012-07-26 21:09

      nathan barnes is a username. Like tom retardis.

  • johnw.roskilly - 2012-07-26 13:52

    Good News - Heres hoping for a full recovery.

  • tednhet - 2012-07-26 14:09

    Come on Mark. We all keeping an eye on your recovery. ; )

  • John - 2012-07-26 15:50

    Hay Bouch, wishing you a speedy recovery - from a Old Dalian !!! all the very best boet !

  • John - 2012-07-26 15:55

    Hay Bouch - All the very best from a Old Dalian from the Eastern Cape !!! hope you recover fully boet!!

  • lynn.d.vanrooyen - 2012-07-27 20:26

    @tom.tardis and the woman with her tits hanging out on your profile pic. First, your fake tan sucks - orange does not suit you. Have you tried Katie Price - you two seem suited.... Boucher was and always will be an excellent cricket player. Go back and ask for your money back on your spray tan boet......

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-28 14:36

      Lynn I assume u r either a dyke or a spinster. Don't worry there's someone out there for u hag. Even if u end up joining the sticky fingers club

  • lynn.d.vanrooyen - 2012-07-27 20:28

    One more wicket Mark. Just one more to a MEGA great achievement above all others....

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