Michael Fatialofa is reportedly facing a £100,000 medical bill after spending months in hospital to recover from a broken neck he sustained during a match early this year.
He was discharged from Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital on June 5, six months after he left the pitch at Allianz Park on a stretcher in January.
However,: “He has swapped one hell for another,” a source told Telegraph Sport.
Confusion over the liability for the 27-year-old’s four-month stay at the private Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital has led to him receiving invoices amounting to £100,000.
Former Hurricanes lock Michael Fatialofa was recently released after a four-month stay in hospital. He's just swapped one hell for another. https://t.co/RalyHr09Nq— nzherald (@nzherald) July 6, 2020
Fees at Royal Bucks are around £8,500 a week for Fatialofa’s level of care. The first four weeks of his care, which came to approximately £36,000, were paid for by Worcester Warriors through the Rugby Care insurance scheme.
At that point, Fatialofa was due to be transferred to the nearby Stoke Mandeville Hospital, an NHS facility, but no bed was available so he remained in private care.
Even worse for Fatialofa is that his contract with Worcester expired on June 30, while his move to the Top 14 cancelled due to his injury.
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£40,000 has been raised on a Just Giving Page by the Rugby Players’ Association’s Restart Charity, but sources told The Telegraph that Fatialofa is facing fees that are well beyond his financial means.
Worcester co-owner Colin Goldring has promised to ensure that Fatialofa will not be forced to pay the six-figure bill. “If there are outstanding issues, we will do whatever we would work to support Michael,” Goldring said.
“I have no idea where the penny stops, but the one thing I know is that we will support Michael in finding out and will protect him. He won’t be out of pocket because he is one of our boys. He is one of our ours and we will protect to him, we will look after him.
“If it turns out that Michael is held for it (the bills) then we will not stand for that. We would take advice to try to protect Michael and if needs be intervene ourselves to protect him.”
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