Rugby player suffers spinal injury after diving into swimming pool

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Ed Jackson joined Newport Gwent Dragons from Wasps in 2015
Newport Gwent Dragons forward Ed Jackson has revealed he suffered a serious spinal injury after diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool.

He was injured at a friend’s barbecue on 8 April and remains in hospital.

Jackson, 28, underwent neck surgery for what his region at the time described as a “non-rugby related injury.”

“After hitting my head on the bottom I realised I couldn’t swim to the surface because I’d lost movement in my legs and power in my arms,” Jackson said.

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Jackson, who has also played for Bath, Wasps, London Welsh and Doncaster Knights, said his father – a retired GP – and a friend realised immediately something was wrong.

They pulled him to the surface and stabilised him until the ambulance arrived to take him to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

“After a number of MRI scans and X-Rays the Drs decided to operate at 2am to stabilise my neck as pressure was being put on my spinal cord,” Jackson added in a Facebook post.

“In surgery they removed my shattered disc, relocated my vertebrae and fixed it in place with a metal plate

“I woke up in ICU, luckily completely coherent, however no feeling below my neck other than limited movement in my right arm.”

Bath-born Jackson has made 36 appearances for the Dragons since joining from Wasps in 2015 and signed a contract extension with the region in December.