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Man with Broken Neck Lucky to Be Alive

Vídir Freyr Gudmundsson, 27, who broke his neck while diving into the shallow end of the swimming pool in Flúdir, south Iceland, on Saturday said he is lucky to be alive and for not being severely paralyzed after the accident.

“I remember diving into the pool and feeling something click in my neck. Then I cannot remember anything before my friend supported my head and helped me get out of the pool and into the changing room,” Gudmundsson told 24 Stundir.

One of Gudmundsson’s upper backbones cracked when his head bumped into the floor of the pool. He also suffered a cut to his head and a concussion. “I couldn’t hold my head up straight and my friend helped me support it. I passed out for a while and threw up because of the concussion.”

The swimming pool’s employee called an ambulance. “The road was almost impassible and there was a blizzard raging so the car shook a lot on the way to the hospital which was very uncomfortable. I was scared out of my wits of course but the ambulance staff did a great job,” Gudmundsson said.

Doctors say Gudmundsson will probably recover fully with rehabilitation and that it is a miracle that he didn’t suffer any damage to his spinal cord.

Gudmundsson criticizes the Flúdir swimming pool for lack of security. “I didn’t see any sign warning people about diving into the pool because it is too shallow,” Gudmundsson said, adding there was only one person working there.

Icelandic swimming pools have been criticized for lack of security before.

Click here to read more about Gudmundsson’s story.

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