Footy legend breaks his silence about four-week battle to avoid amputation after nightmare motorcycle crash left his foot ‘hanging’ by a tiny strip of skin
- Former footy champion Ian Schubert had 26 hours of surgery to repair his leg
- A woman collided with his Harley Davidson in east Sydney in September
- The crash severed three arteries and left his foot barely attached to his leg
- He spent four weeks in hospital and is yet to know if he avoided amputation
Rugby league star Ian Schubert has described his four-week fight to keep his left leg from being amputated .
The former Roosters, Wests and Manly player was in a devastating motorbike crash in Randwick, in Sydney’s east, on September 1.
Schubert, 63, had to spend a total of 26 hours in surgery after the crash left his foot hanging off and severed three arteries.
‘It was pretty much off — there was a strip of skin the size of a Band-aid holding it on,’ Schubert told The Daily Telegraph.
The crash left Ian Schubert (pictured above) with a severed foot that is still at risk of being amputated
The motorcycle crash (pictured) on King Street, Randwick in Sydney’s east left the footy legend with severe leg injuries that required 26 hours of surgery
Surgeons at St Vincent’s hospital spent four weeks trying to save Schubert’s leg from amputation.
The footy champion will not find out if the surgery was successful until March.
Schubert had two rods inserted into his ankle, a skin graft, as well as muscles and nerves removed from other parts of his body and attached to his leg.
Even though he will have to live with permanent damage no matter how successful his treatment is, Schubert praised the surgeons and said he was striving to walk without crutches.
Perpetual Dzikunu (pictured) was disqualified from driving for 18 months after she crashed into Schubert’s motorbike
‘From the knees up I’m pretty good and I’m improving from the knees down every day. It’s still a bit delicate to be doing too much rehab. I’m filling in my days trying to get my head right,’ he said.
Schubert was flung from his favourite Harley-Davidson motorcycle when Ghanaian woman Perpetual Dzikunu, 29, collided with him.
Dzikunu told Waverley Local Court that she was pulling out of her workplace at a nursing home on King Street when she crashed into the motorcycle.
She was convicted of negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and was disqualified from driving for 18 months.
Schubert played rugby league for the Roosters (pictured), Wests Magpies, Manly Sea Eagles and the Kangaroos