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Romanian teenager Cosmin Lambru makes his professional debut wearing a prosthesis after losing his left hand in tragic truck accident 10 years ago

  • Cosmin Lambru came off the bench for Petrolul against Mioveni on Tuesday
  • The young footballer was hit by a truck when he was just eight years old
  • Lambru lost his left hand but doctors saved the vast majority of his arm
  • The tragic incident has not stopped the 18-year-old achieving his dream

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A Romanian teenager has achieved his dream of playing professional football – despite living with one hand for the last decade.

Cosmin Lambru came off the bench for the final nine minutes of third division side Petrolul Ploiesti’s cup clash at home to Mioveni on Tuesday night.

The hosts were eventually defeated 4-3 on penalties after extra-time, but the result didn’t dampen Lambru’s remarkable achievement.

Cosmin Lambru made his professional debut for Petrolul Ploiesti wearing a prosthetic hand Lambru has not let his injury stop him from becoming a professional footballer

Cosmin Lambru made his professional debut for Petrolul Ploiesti wearing a prosthetic hand

The 18-year-old Romanian lost his left hand when he was hit by a truck around 10 years ago

The 18-year-old Romanian lost his left hand when he was hit by a truck around 10 years ago

The talented youngster lost his left hand when he was tragically hit by a truck when he was just eight years old.

Lambru was walking down the street with his friends when the incident occurred and it was initially feared that most of his arm would have to be amputated.

However, doctor Otilia Racasa overcame complications during the procedure to save the majority of the wannabe footballer’s limb.

Speaking about the accident to Romanian newspaper Daily Sport, Lambru said: ‘We were coming home when a truck skidded and headed towards me.

‘I threw myself into the vehicle to try and get under it. I felt terrible pain but I was aware that I had been taken to hospital.’

Despite the serious nature of his injury, Lambru refused to give up on a career in football and progressed through the ranks before making his debut this week.

Lambru came on for the last nine minutes of Petrolul Ploiesti's cup clash with Mioveni

Lambru came on for the last nine minutes of Petrolul Ploiesti’s cup clash with Mioveni

The young Romanian high fives an opposition player prior to a youth team game for his club

The young Romanian high fives an opposition player prior to a youth team game for his club

He travelled to Italy to buy his current prosthetic, spending what he describes as ‘a lot’ of money for the realistic-looking hand.

‘When I returned to football, I started to learn new things and especially how to fall, just resting on one arm,’ Lambru told sport.ro[2].

‘It was not easy at all, but I did not cry and never do it. I’m not being cared for by anyone and I do not want to be.

‘I have no fear of putting my foot on the ball, being attacked harder.

That’s just football, only for the strong ones.

Life is a struggle that never ends.’

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ sport.ro (www.sport.ro)



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