Pulmonary embolism is a condition where one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot.
Such was the condition KCCA FC striker Brian Aheebwa found himself in after a collision with a Wakiso Giants defender back in February.
During the game, Aheebwa was brought off in the early stages and replaced by Samson Kigozi, but Aheebwa would later feature in some of the following games until he could not do anymore after the Vipers game in the first leg at Kitende in March.
“As I fought for the ball with the defender, he hit his knee into my chest, and I fell. I thought it was a simple collision, but it turned out to be ugly,” Aheebwa told Daily Monitor.
The coming together could have ended the 22-year old’s career, but thanks to the team doctors led by physio Ivan Ssewanyana for detecting his discomfort early enough, doing the necessary tests and offering him medical attention.
Aheebwa is now out of danger after the blood clot loosening up but will not play again this season as he is on an a-three-month medical leave going through rehabilitation despite one time attempting to return to training.
“He is in a manageable state now, he will return soon,” Ssewanyana highlighted on Aheebwa’s current situation.
Besides the injury, the Uganda Cranes striker had also run out of form with all his 10 goals for the club across all competitions coming in the first six games after penning a three-year contract as a free agent from Mbarara City in August 2020.
He was the talk around town after he hit the ground running, scoring and assisting the other on his debut for KCCA against Bright Stars – a quadruple against Onduparaka and hat-trick against AS Kigali in the Confederations Cup.
A darling in December and at the start of the year, the pacey forward’s name began to fade amongst the KCCA faithful as he suffered a drought after returning from a disappointing CHAN tournament in Cameroon with the Uganda Cranes.
In the process, other strikers like Sadat Anaku and Charles Lwanga surpassed him in the pecking order, but he still believes goals will come when he returns on the field of play next season.
“I had set myself a target of 17 goals in the first season, but I managed 10. KCCA welcomed me well, and I still have the belief that I can hit more goals next season,” Aheebwa noted.
Aheebwa last featured against Vipers in March, coming off the bench to replace the injured Charles Lwanga. He has missed all KCCA’s last 14 games in all competitions.