Zed­nik re­turns to ice af­ter neck slashed

The Covington News - - Sports -

BUF­FALO, N.Y. — Florida Pan­thers for­ward Richard Zed­nik has left the hospi­tal and re­turned to Florida less than a week af­ter he was slashed in the throat by a team­mate’s skate.

Zed­nik went home Fri­day af­ter be­ing re­leased Thurs­day evening, of­fi­cials at Buf­falo Gen­eral Hospi­tal said. Zed­nik lost five pints of blood when he was ac­ci­den­tally sliced by the skate of team­mate Olli Joki­nen in a game against the Sabres.

The 32-year-old for­ward said he barely felt the skate slice into his carotid artery, but with blood gush­ing from his neck he knew he was in trou­ble. “I was like, Whoa. I knew I had to get to the bench.”

He was quickly put in an am­bu­lance, and Dr. Les­lie Bis­son put pres­sure on his neck to help slow the bleed­ing as the am­bu­lance headed to­ward the hospi­tal.

“I re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing,” Zed­nik told The Buf­falo News. “I re­mem­ber the doc­tor hold­ing my neck and telling him, ‘Don’t push so hard. I can’t breathe.’ I talked to my trainer (Dave Zenobi). I re­mem­ber them say­ing, ‘OK, go to surgery.’”

Dr. Sonya Noor re­paired the artery that had been sliced open but for­tu­nately not com- pletely sev­ered.

“One week hap­pened so much. Ev­ery­thing just went so well,” Zed­nik said. “You look at it like that, and I was lucky. They saved my life. Af­ter surgery, they were amaz­ing.”

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