She Cranes player Atonet undergoes knee surgery

She Cranes player Elizabeth Atonet will need a at least six months to be able to resume active sports.

Dr. Moses Muhumuza said after Atonet’s successful knee surgery at CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital on Tuesday.

Dr. Moses Muhumuza and Michele Trevisan of CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital, address the media after the operation

“The proceeding went on well though there was a delay because we found another very crucial injury that we hadn’t planned for but we had to work on it first and that meant she got two operations at the cost of one,” said Dr.Muhumuza who worked with three other surgeons in the four-hour procedure.

The knee after surgery

Muhumuza added that the 25 year old was also found with a meniscal injury on the same knee that delayed the operation.

He later warned her not to overwork her knee before the end of the stated period.

“There is a possibility that one may feel better during the fourth month but it doesn’t mean they have healed so she shouldn’t overwork her knee but rather follow all the prescriptions,” he said.

Atonet from the theatre after the operation.

Atonet sustained the injury four months ago during national team training ahead of the Netball World Cup that was held in August in Australia.

But since then, the Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) seemed to give her a deaf ear not until the National Council of Sports committed to pay her surgery bill of sh4.57m following an initiative by theNew Vision to publicise her plight.

David Katende visits Atonet at the hospital

NCS’s assistant general secretary David Katende at the end of it all passed a vote of thanks to Muhumuza and other surgeons Michele Trevisan from Italy, Francis Nyoro and Emmanuel Ewachu including the hospital management for allowing to carry out the operation at a subsidised fee.