PBA: Chris Tiu's lip already looking fine after enduring 'hardest hit on the face'

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 01, 2018 05:17 PM
PBA: Tiu's lip looking fine after 'hardest hit on the face'
Chris Tiu hours after the hit (left), and seven days after the hit (right). (Photo courtesy of Chris Tiu via Instagram @chris_tiu17)

Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu's lip is looking fine, but the six-year PBA veteran revealed harrowing effect of Batang Pier import Malcolm White's elbow that got him straight on the lip last May 20.

 

I decided to post this on my main feed for remembrance. The left photo was the night of the accident & right photo was 7 days after. The accident happened 12 days ago on May 20 in a PBA game. It was the hardest hit on the face I've ever experienced causing a 1 second blackout. My doctor, who is a plastic surgeon, said that my tooth ripped through my lip muscle so deep that only the skin was left. They said the impact was so strong and that I was really lucky because there could have been worse complications with the brain & face. He did such a good job stitching me up w/ minimal pain during and after. My guardian angels were surely watching over me! I also realized later that I should not have been allowed to return to play right away since there should have been a concussion protocol. I guess this is a lesson for myself, the league and for other athletes. Again, I'd like to thank all those who were sending messages of support and for your prayers! And also to my amazing doctors and PTs who made me look fresh again (and whiter! Haha you know who you are ) 😄

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Turns out, him spitting out blood on live TV is only part of the story, as 12 days after the encounter, Tiu bared more disturbing details about the incident.

"It was the hardest hit on the face I've ever experienced causing a 1 second blackout," Tiu said in the Instagram post. 

The veteran guard even breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that his injury could have been much worse.

"My doctor, who is a plastic surgeon, said that my tooth ripped through my lip muscle so deep that only the skin was left," he said. 

His doctor also said that the 32-year-old avoided some serious damage to his brain and face.

"They said the impact was so strong and that I was really lucky because there could have been worse complications with the brain & face. He did such a good job stitching me up w/ minimal pain during and after," said Tiu.

Ultimately, Tiu believes the incident should be a lesson for the players, and the league itself to protect everyone involved, especially since he was "cleared" to play despite getting hurt seriously.

"I also realized later that I should not have been allowed to return to play right away since there should have been a concussion protocol," Tiu said. "I guess this is a lesson for myself, the league and for other athletes."

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