Rangers Forward Mats Zuccarello Lost the Ability to Speak for Four Days After Taking a Slap Shot to the Head (Video)
New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello spoke to the media on Monday for the first time since taking a slap shot to the head back on April 24. Turns out his brain injury was way more terrifying than anybody realized.
You see, Zuccarello did not have a concussion. He had a fractured skull, some bleeding of the brain, and a brain contusion. (Read about the difference between concussions and brain contusions here.) And this resulted not only in a three-day hospital stay, but in the loss of his ability to speak for four days.
“In the beginning I couldn’t talk,” Zuccarello explained. “I lost everything. It was scary, but the doctors have been really good and made sure I knew I was gonna be healthy.”
Zuccarello is doing much better now, thankfully. He regained the ability to speak with the help of a speech therapist, and before the Rangers were eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, he was skating with the team and even holding on to the very slim possibility of returning for the Stanley Cup Finals.
While not completely healed just yet, Zuccarello believes he should be 100% by the start of next season.
Considering all he’s been through, that’s nothing short of miraculous.
Hat Tip – [Daily News]