Kenya Sevens forward Arthur Owira will return to the country on Tuesday from Gold Coast after undergoing surgery in Australia.
Owira suffered the injury during Kenya's final Commonwealth 7s match against Zambia on Saturday fracturing his right femur bone. Basically, the femur is the main bone between the knee and hip, and is the biggest human bone.
He needed surgery at the Gold Coast University Hospital from where he was discharged Monday and is recuperating at the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village according to The Daily Nation.
Owira was fitted with a metal “intramedullary rod”, also known as an “IM nail”, to stabilize the femur.
Kenya’s team doctor Barnabas Bargoria told Daily Nation that: “The player sustained a femur fracture while playing and he was brought to the Gold Coast University Hospital where he had surgery and an IM nail was fixed.
“He’s now OK and has been discharged from hospital. He has already had a session with physiotherapy and is resting in the village and I will travel with him to Kenya after two days. “He is still getting some medication here so that he stabilizes and gets fit to travel when he is comfortable,” Bargoria said.
“At least he is able to move his leg freely, but is in the status of partial weight bearing and is able to use crutches and has full range of motion in the hip and knee,” Bargoria, an Eldoret-based orthopaedic surgeon, explained.
The doctor added that after six weeks, Owira will undergo an x-ray that will inform the next course of treatment.
Kenya Rugby Union director of rugby Thomas Odundo told Raga House they will decide who will replace Owira later on Wednesday.
“According to what the doctor told me, it will take about four months for me to recover,” he told Daily Nation.