Joonho Wang, Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Samsung Seoul Hospital
YTN ‘Newsrider’ interview
The Korean soccer team returned home through Incheon International Airport on the 7th after advancing to the World Cup round of 16 for the first time in 12 years. Korea, which belongs to Group H of this World Cup group stage, recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss (4 points) against Uruguay (0-0 draw), Ghana (2-3 loss) and Portugal (2-1 win), finishing second in the group. passed the group stage.
‘Captain’ Son Heung-min (30, Tottenham Hotspur) impressed the public with his ‘mask fighting spirit’ in this World Cup. Whether or not Son Heung-min participated in this World Cup was a big concern of the people. On the 2nd of last month, he suffered a fracture around his left eye when he collided with an opponent while playing a European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) match with his team. Initially, Son Heung-min’s participation in the World Cup was uncertain, but Son Heung-min hurriedly climbed onto the operating table to participate in the World Cup. Although he was not in normal condition, Son Heung-min put on his mask and did his best, such as heading.
How is Son Heung-min’s current condition? In YTN’s ‘News Rider’, which aired on the 8th, Professor Wang Jun-ho, an orthopedic surgeon at Samsung Seoul Hospital, who served as the national team’s doctor for this World Cup, appeared and commented on the extent of Son Heung-min’s injury at the time.
Professor Wang said, “It was already known to the media, but (Son Heung-min) had four fractures in his cheekbones, which are facial bones, so he underwent surgery to fix them in three.” I consulted with professors of plastic surgery and ophthalmology at Seoul Hospital, and they said that the surgery went well.”
“The ophthalmology professor was worried that there would be aftereffects such as double vision in which objects are seen as two,” he said.
Son Heung-min even took off his mask and ran during the World Cup match. In response to the anchor’s question, ‘Did you have any pain during the game? In particular, when he did the header, his heart sank down, but fortunately it ended well without any problems.”
Professor Wang also revealed an anecdote that shows Son Heung-min’s strong will for the World Cup. He said, “Usually, after surgery, I use strong drugs such as narcotic painkillers for 2 to 4 weeks, but I couldn’t use them because of doping and drug testing.” He said, “It seems that he only took medicine and endured pain.” Professor Wang said about Son Heung-min’s current physical condition, “It is fortunate that the surgery went well, and there are no ophthalmic-related sequelae.” It is my wish that I would like to check it once.”
Reporter Kim Min-ji