Vermeulen has reconstructive surgery
Zimbabwe batsman Mark Vermeulen has successfully undergone reconstructive surgery for a depressed skull fracture.Updated: Jan 22, 2004 11:44 IST
Zimbabwe batsman Mark Vermeulen has successfully undergone reconstructive surgery for a depressed skull fracture suffered while batting in a one-day international against India.
Surgeons operated on the 24-year-old for three-and-a-half hours at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane on Wednesday, the team said in a statement on Thursday.
Vermeulen retired hurt on 14 in the triangular series match at the Gabba ground on Tuesday, where India won by 24 runs.
He top-edged a bouncer from Irfan Pathan and the ball struck the batsman above his right eye.
Vermeulen, who suffered a hairline skull fracture during a net!session at last year's World Cup, was wearing a new-style helmet on Tuesday.
However, the ball wedged between the visor and peak as Vermeulen staggered away bleeding and bruised as he tried to remove the helmet.
"In addityon to reconstructing the impact area above his right eye, the surgery also repaired damage he had sustained in a previous fracture incurred while practicing during the World Cup," the statement said.
Zimbabwe physiotherapist Brad Robinson said: "Mark's recovering well from the surgery and should make a full and complete recovery.
"He will stay in hospital for the next few days at least while his progress is monitored."
Vermeulen was expected to recuperate with family members in Perth after leaving hospital and would return to Zimbabwe at a later date, the statement said.
First Published: Jan 22, 2004 11:44 IST