Watch former hurler Dessie Fitzgerald recount the day an injury changed his life

The GAA.ie have published an interview with former Charleville hurler, Dessie Fitzgerald, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2011 while playing for his club.

Watch former hurler Dessie Fitzgerald recount the day an injury changed his life

The GAA.ie have published an interview with former Charleville hurler, Dessie Fitzgerald, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2011 while playing for his club.

Dessie's life was changed after the horrific injury which happened on October 8, 2011, in a county semi-final against Kilbrin and he recalls the day it happened.

In the GAA.ie interview, Dessie said: “I can remember the event, where it happened, I can even remember the corner forward from Kilbrin going to hit the ball on the ground, hoping to score a goal. I remember just sprinting back and saying to myself, ‘I need to save this, I need to get to this and not let them score before half-time’.

“I remember the impact of the whole thing as well. Initially, I was in a daze for a few seconds and from then on knowing that I couldn’t feel from my shoulders down.”

He talks of his battle afterwards to recover from the injury and his determination to "greet his bride on his feet rather than from a wheelchair at the altar in Charleville Church".

We also see Dessie return to the pitch where the life-changing injury happened.

"The memories I had of that pitch beforehand were of a fit, healthy young man, very athletic and keen on sport. That was the last time I was there," he said.

"This time I was going up there, having been in a wheelchair and then on crutches. Walking out on the pitch brought it all back."

Charleville GAA Club launched The Dessie Fitzgerald Injury Fund on Friday night and fundraising events include:

July 12: Bucket Collection at the Munster SHC Hurling Final

July 17: Fundraising Banquet with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh

July 17/18: Golf Classic, Charleville Golf Club

July 19: 5Km Walk/Run, Doneraile Park

For more information about the injury fund and to make a donation log on to www.dessiefitzgerald.com. Follow @dfitzinjuryfund on Twitter and like the official Dessie Fitzgerald Injury Fund Facebook Page.

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