Paralympian Suffers Horrifying Fall at Beijing Paralympics 2022, Rushed to the Hospital

Published 03/10/2022, 7:45 AM EST

The Great Britain Curling Team suffered a huge loss at the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics. Star player David Melrose had a shocking fall from the wheelchair and suffered a freak injury. Sadly, the team was left disheartened as they crashed out of the competition. David was instantly rushed to the hospital. Understandably, his teammates and other members looked over, worried about David.

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David Melrose, who was a semi-professional footballer before, took up wheelchair curling after a spinal injury. David is originally from Scotland and the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics was his first Olympic appearance.

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Wheelchair curler suffers an injury and crashes out from Winter Paralympics 2022

Notably, Great Britain was playing against Canada at a round-robin event. They were tied for 2-2. This is when David Melrose fell over the edge of the ice rink and landed on his shoulder. Officials immediately rushed in to attend to the Paralympic athlete. He was carried away on a stretcher thereafter.

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David’s wheelchair accidentally jammed on the edge of the ice rink. This caused him to lose balance and fall from his wheelchair. Reports so far state that the Paralympian has sustained some shoulder injuries.

“He’s conscious and was accompanied to the hospital by a British Curling team nurse and physio after receiving initial treatment at the venue. Get well soon, David,” read a statement from Paralympics GB.

Melrose suffered a rotator cuff injury due to the accident. However, Team Gb has fans informed that Melrose successfully reached the athlete to his accommodation and is dealing with the injury.

Gary Smith replaced David Rose. But it was hard for Team GB to make a comeback and eventually they crashed out. They lost the match 6-3, meaning they have now won three and lost four of their seven round-robin matches.

A disappointing loss for Team Great Britain

The Great Britain team was heavily disappointed after losing Melrose. They made a good start thereafter, but could not make it to the semi-finals at the Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022. 

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Skip Hugh Nibloe expressed his disappointment regarding David’s injury. But David Melrose is okay and recovering, which mattered the most to them.

“It did affect us we are a close-knit bunch and it’s never easy to see anyone you care about taken away on a stretcher. The most important thing is that he is ok,” said Hugh Nibloe.

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This was David’s first Paralympic appearance. But surely not his last. As we wish him a speedy recovery, we are certain the debutant will be back as the champion he is.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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