Date:Monday September 25 2006
Former Pompey forward Dario Silva is currently in a critical condition following a motor vehicle accident in Uruguay.
Having lost control of his car, the former Pompey and Uruguay International would plough into a series of streetlights in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. He would be admitted to La Espanola hospital where he underwent emergency surgery, with him now in a medically induced coma. Doctor Mario Cancela would say.
"He is a patient with multiple traumatisms, a cranium fracture and an exposed fracture of his right leg"
"He was operated on by Doctor Lopez and we are really worried about his leg."
"It is undergoing different tests and scans. The leg has suffered a very serious injury. The patient is under a pharmacological coma. Now, we are interested in saving his life."
Silva wasn't travelling alone, he would be accompanied by fellow former Uruguayan Internationals Elbio Pappa and Dardo Pereira, who escaped with only minor injuries.
33-year-old Silva arrived at Fratton Park on a free transfer from Sevilla in 2005, however Harry Redknapp would release him in February after he failed to really make an impact. He would score 3 goals in 15 games for the club, including his cracker against Charlton at Fratton Park and the winner in last seasons FA Cup third round tie with Ipswich Town.
Following his release Silva, who scored 15 goals in 49 Internationals, representing his country in the 2002 World Cup Finals, failed to find a new club, with reports suggesting he had gone into retirement following Uruguay's failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany.
Although I would be lying if I said I was Silva's biggest fan during his time at Fratton Park, I will not lie and say I was as many maybe would, I am sure I am not alone in wishing him, and his family all the very best during this traumatic time. Hopefully he can come through this accident and make a full and hopefully even complete recovery.
Our thoughts are with you Dario.
Sadly, as I had initially feared after reading what the Doctor's said, after my posting of this article I found out it has been revealed that in fact Silva has unfortunately had to have his right leg amputated, with him still fighting for his life...
Date:Monday September 25 2006
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