Worcester’s Michael Fatialofa remains in a serious condition in the intensive care unit of a London hospital nearly a week after suffering a neck injury during a Gallagher Premiership match at Saracens.


The New Zealander was stretchered off the Allianz Park pitch in a neck brace and underwent surgery on Monday night to relieve pressure on his spinal cord caused by swelling.

Worcester issued a statement at the time claiming “the operation was a success and Michael is stable but remains in a serious condition and receiving ongoing care at the intensive care unit of the hospital”.

The club have now launched a support campaign for their stricken player, setting up a special email address so that supporters and well-wishers can post messages of support to Fatialofa.

“Michael and his wife, Tatiana, have been overwhelmed by messages of concern from around the world and are thankful for the support they have been given from the rugby community,” said the club. 

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“Warriors have also been inundated with messages from concerned supporters and have now set up the email account so that supporters can send messages to Michael and Tatiana. Messages for Michael and Tatiana should be sent to fats@warriors.co.uk.”

Fatialofa’s wife had taken to social media following his surgery, calling on people to help them with their prayers. “When the lights go out and this all fades for everyone else, our world will still be standing still & twisted upside down,” she wrote on Instagram. 

“That’s why we ask for prayers now, knowing they will be what sustains us in the days, weeks, months and years to come when the real work begins.”


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