Mendoza thankful for escaping serious neck injury
Paul Lintag on Feb 02, 2017 11:53 AM
"Nagpapasalamat naman ako kay God na safe naman, wala namang serious ‘tong injury na ‘to. Thankful lang talaga ako kay Lord," Mendoza said.
Like his coach, the first thing that ran through Jaypee Mendoza's mind as he laid down the court of the Cuneta Astrodome Wednesday night was the career-ending injury of Eugene Tejada back in 2006.
That's because in the final 26.1 seconds of Alaska's 94-89 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Mendoza was in extreme pain after getting an inadvertent knee to the neck from Jericho Cruz.
So much pain that he says he almost didn't feel his neck for a while.
I don't know about you but that's scary.
“Actually yung kay Eugene [Tejada], napanood ko yun eh. So nung nangyari sa akin na hindi ko maramdaman, parang biglang pumasok sa isip ko yun," Mendoza said.
The former San Beda Red Lion had to be stretchered out of the playing court in a neck brace. He was taken to the Alaska dugout for some immediate treatment.
Fortunately, there's nothing seriously wrong about his neck. In fact Mendoza was able to feel and move his arms and legs which is always a good sign.
"Kinabahan ako. Ang sakit eh. Parang ang bigat ng dumagan sa akin. Pag dating dito, may mga ginawang test sina doc, then after a while, parang nag-loosen up naman yung leeg ko, pero kahit papaano, may pain pa rin," he said.
"Nagpapasalamat naman ako kay God na safe naman, wala namang serious ‘tong injury na ‘to. Thankful lang talaga ako kay Lord," Mendoza added.
Dr. Facundo Sun, Alaska's resident team doctor, went as far as saying Mendoza could be ready by Sunday for Alaska's playoff date with Ginebra. Although the inflammation around his neck would have to subside, among other things.
"Nothing serious, we just try to solve the inflammation as soon as possible. I think he should be okay by Sunday, hopefully. I think we will have another evaluation," Sul said.
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