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GoFundMe Page Launched to Help Errol Carter

May 18, 2024

Cornwall’s Errol Carter – Cornwall Sports Media

Cornwall’s Errol Carter has launched a GoFundMe page after the popular utility back was diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES).

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CES is a rare and severe type of spinal stenosis where all of the nerves in the lower back suddenly become severely compressed.

Carter, a Turkish rugby league international, collapsed whilst making his rugby union bow for Turkey earlier this year.

“During the game I was passed the ball, I started to sprint when both legs collapsed underneath me,” he explained. “I lost all strength, control and sensation – I was paralysed temporarily.

“The sensation did come back, but I had immense pain in my lower back/legs as well as the numbing sporadically returning to both legs at different intensities. I played the remainder of the game as we had no substitutions left, unaware of how serious the injury was.”

After flying back to England, Carter’s condition deteriorated and he was rushed to hospital and has since had two emergency spinal operations.

“As of May 15, 2024, I have spent the last 31 days in hospital and have had two emergency spinal surgeries on my lower back,” he added. “Both surgeries had the primary goal of limiting the risk of permanent paralysis.

“Whilst the operations were thought to be successful, I have suffered permanent nerve & neurological damage that will affect me & my quality of living for the rest of my life. One of them being my dependence on a catheter.”

Errol Carter in action for Cornwall last season – Cornwall Sports Media

Despite the severity of his condition Carter remains determined to ‘get back to normal’.

However, with long waiting times for aftercare rehabilitation with the NHS, the 28-year-old is exploring other costly private options, which the fundraising efforts helping to pay for that.

“I hope with this crowd funding I am able to get the rehabilitation I need, to live as close to a normal life as I can. Nerve damage has no timelines on how long they take to heal, if ever.

“The waiting time for aftercare rehab from the NHS is 15 months, which is why the page has been created, so I can get private treatments sooner before it’s too late.

“I am doing all I can to front load my efforts and I have been researching different treatments available as well as the nutrition I need such as B12 helping with nerve and disc recovery – no stone will be unturned.

“I want to get back to ‘normal’ and then continue my rugby career. I am far from finished.”

Everyone at Cormwall RLFC wishes Errol a speedy recovery and urge rge rugby league and wider sporting community to back his fundraising efforts, to help fight CES.