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|原來奧雲傷勢太複雜, 醫生 Dr. Richard Steadman 決定給奧雲移植了一名不幸英年早逝人士的|
[b][u]Owen - The dead man walking[/u][/b]
By DAVID JONES Daily Mail
Last updated at 22:30pm on 27th April 2007
When Michael Owen collapsed in agony barely two minutes into the World Cup match against Sweden last June, many feared he might never recover the searing pace and agility that make him England’s top striker.
On Monday night, however, Owen promises to return to the Premiership ‘stronger and better than ever’.
As the 27-year-old Newcastle United star takes the field at Reading for the first time since his knee buckled so hideously in Germany, he will quietly give thanks to the three men who have saved his career.
One is his personal physiotherapist, Richard Green, who has striven to give Owen a new, thickly muscled body.
The second is the world renowned surgeon, Dr Richard Steadman, 69, who reconstructed Owen’s torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) with the experience and sureness of hand that makes his clinic in Vail, Colorado, the holy grail for sports stars with serious knee injuries.
Yet it is the third man in the equation who makes the story of Owen’s comeback so truly remarkable and uplifting.
[b]For unbeknown to all but his family and a handful of friends and advisers, Owen’s right knee has been rebuilt using ligaments taken from someone who died prematurely and left permission for parts of his body to be ‘harvested’ to give others a better quality of life. [/b]
[b]Although Owen was asked for his consent before receiving the donated tissue, he will probably never discover the identity of the person who has resurrected his footballing ambitions.
As Dr Steadman told me in an exclusive interview this week: "I have to know the full history of the graft, of course, but the patient doesn’t know who the donor is. I just don’t like to make that kind of connection."
However, because Owen is a finely tuned young athlete and every effort will have been made to find a donor of a similar age and physical profile, his new ligament is likely to have come from a youthful, physically fit American male. [/b]
Whatever the identity of Owen’s saviour, the story behind his return is pure Roy of the Rovers.
It began within hours of his injury with a frantic phone call to the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic on the third floor of an unremarkable, modern building nestling at the foot of the mountains in Vail. In an era when money and distance are no obstacle, the wealthiest players rarely look anywhere else.
A tall, athletically built man who played gridiron football at college and now enjoys skiiing and golf, Richard Steadman has never attended an ‘English soccer game’.
However, having treated so many leading players that he has lost count, his instructions to the England medical team were sure and precise.
To reduce the heat and painful swelling in his joint, the player was told to keep his leg elevated and packed in ice.
As soon as he was sufficiently comfortable to fly, Owen was reclining in a first-class seat to Colorado.
At Dr Steadman’s clinic the walls are adorned with mementoes from grateful stars whose careers he has saved. There is a Manchester United shirt signed by Ruud van Nistelrooy. ‘To Steady — thanks for giving me back my dream,’ the scrawled message reads.
Further along are tokens from former England star Jamie Redknapp and Germany’s legendary Lothar Matthaus. Steadman’s other notable operating table successes include Alan Shearer, Michael Vaughan and Martina Navratilova.
Only 25 years ago, the injuries suffered by these stars would almost certainly have ended their careers.
Owen’s ruptured ACL would have meant premature retirement. A pioneer in his field for three decades, Dr Steadman has done much to revolutionise their potential for recovery.
He made his name returning seriously injured skiers to the slopes around Lake Tahoe in the mid-Seventies. A decade later, top American footballers and hockey players commanded his services.
Ironically, the man behind his move to Vail in 1990 was tycoon George Gillett, the new coowner of Liverpool FC, Owen’s old club.
Gillett, now Steadman’s neighbour and close friend, donated millions to a non-profit fund for the development of sports injury research.
At nearly 70, Steadman insists his skills are as sharp as ever. These days, however, he only does knees. On a busy day, he can still perform 15 operations.
His non-famous patients receive precisely the same standard of care as sports stars — and pay the same price. An ACL reconstruction typically costs £10,000, plus about £2,500 extra if the ligament is bought from a donor bank. Examining Owen’s knee, he immediately discovered a complication.
In addition to shredding his ACL — the tough, finger-thick ligament which crosses through the knee and stabilises the joint — he had also badly damaged his cartilage.
This meant the striker needed two separate operations. First Dr Steadman repaired the torn cartilage then, after eight weeks of rehabilitation, Owen flew back to undergo the anterior cruciate reconstruction.
The practice of using donated ligament, or allograft, is not uncommon, but it is relatively unusual for this method to be used on a top footballer.
Most surgeons prefer an ‘autograft’, which entails harvesting a section of the injured patient’s own ligament.
[b]The recipient of any donor tissue stands a minute risk of contracting infections, including HIV and hepatitis. Donated tissue can also become stretchy over time, growing loose in the joint partly because it must be freeze-dried or irradiated to kill germs.
Understandably, given the rules of patient confidentiality, Dr Steadman is reluctant to discuss Owen’s injury in detail.
But he explained that, in Owen’s case, the potential complications of using his own patellar tendon outweighed those of using a donor ligament. [/b]
The operation lasted almost two hours. The donor ligament was inserted in Owen’s tibia and femur ‘bone to bone’, meaning part of the dead man’s bone was still attached, to provide a more secure connection.
In less complicated cases, a player might return to action inside six or seven months. It is a measure of the seriousness of Owen’s injury that his comeback has taken 10.
But on Monday night his battle will be over.
Flanked by his ‘soccer nuts’ grandchildren, Dr Steadman will watch the match on satellite TV and plans to send his patient a congratulatory message.
He believes Owen is right to predict he will return a better player — not only because he is statistically less likely to re-injure his new ligament than an ‘ordinary’ one.
"Players can come back to a better level but not because their new ACL is stronger than the old one. I think it is because when you recover from a serious injury it makes you a stronger person."
Owen knows precisely what he means. "I’ve had to grit my teeth," he says in his understated manner. He has already sent a note of gratitude to Dr Steadman, inscribed on a black and white Newcastle United shirt.
He may not mention his ligament donor publicly. We can be sure, however, that in quiet moments he will spare a thought for the anonymous young man, cut down in his prime, whose generosity of spirit has given him a brand new goal.
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