Phillies Prospect Injured in Exercise Accident Posts Heartwrenching Message on Instagram about Losing His Eye

Last Friday, Phillies prospect Matt Imhof suffered a severe freak injury when a metal mount holding a resistance band to a wall tore off and hit him in the eye. Out of surgeries, Imhof posted a message to Instagram saying he lost his right eye:

As many of you know on Friday June 25th I had an accident. A large price of metal hit me in the head/eye resulting in a fractured nose, 2 fractured orbital bones, and most significantly, the loss of vision in my right eye. I was immediately taken to the ER and then transferred to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the #1 eye hospital in the world. That night, the doctors informed me that the damage to my eye was extreme and essentially that my eye had been crushed like a grape.

The doctors told me they were going to do everything possible to reconstruct it but in all likelihood I would never regain sight in my right eye. The first surgery was somewhat a success but overall nothing had changed, so after discussions with my family and my doctors, it was decided that the best chance I had to live a normal life was to have my right eye removed and have a prosthetic one put in. This decision was not an easy one to make but to me it seemed like the right one so on Tuesday afternoon I went forward with the surgery. I’m currently still in Miami recovering from surgery but I’m doing well. This has been the hardest week of my life but I’ve had amazing support from my family and friends to help me get through it.

For those who have been wishing me well, your support has not gone unnoticed and I appreciate everyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers. I had the best doctors in the world doing their best work on me and for that I am grateful as well. Although this injury has been tough it could have been much worse…I’m lucky to still have vision in my left eye…I’m lucky that i didn’t have brain damage…and I’m lucky to be surrounded my the most loving and understanding people in the world. I just wanted to write this message to let everyone know that even though I suffered some bad luck, I’m not dead. I’m gonna be alright, I’m gonna persevere, and I’m gonna succeed. It takes more than this to bring me down. Again thanks to everyone for the support.”

I can’t even imagine how painful that must have been, how heartbreaking it is to lose your dream, or how hard it’s going to be moving forward. I do wonder why they gave him a gown for a large dog, though.*

*It’s actually a “warming gown” and I think I want one now.

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24 Comments

  • Wait a minute... June 30, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    God bless this guy, what great optimism!

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    • ab June 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      anything on the Former Eagles player among layoffs at The Fanatic, WMMR ???? Just read that on philly dot com

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    • PIZZA MIKE June 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      He should be put into the starting lineup right away.
      He’s better than howard and half the other riffraff that are there now.

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  • Left Eye June 30, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Tough break, hope the Phils give him a decent job. Maybe he has an eye for talent and can scout.

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  • Flounder June 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    That’s what you get for doing a silly exercise that does nothing . Pussy

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    • Stick to singing commercials for ray&glen sludge July 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Honestly, how do you do it and allow yourself to type something like that

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  • Taggart house June 30, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    What an eye popping injury . Tough break kid

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  • Bob June 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    “The doctors told me they were going to do everything possible to reconstruct it but in all likelihood I would never regain sight in my right eye.”

    So sorry. Jesus H., this is terrible. God bless him.

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  • J Kruk June 30, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I’d give my right eye for a left nut…just saying

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  • Huge fan of huge cans June 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Ron, running any 4th of July specials? any details…how about the Chapman boy’s?

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  • 2nd level thinking June 30, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Hallelujah! Everything happens for a reason.

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  • Max Cady June 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Inne’s is having an epic meltdown! AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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  • shut it down June 30, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    That really sucks, best of luck to the kid. Seems like he has the attitude to succeed in the long run.

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    • Bob June 30, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      +1000

      A reasonable comment.

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  • Jim Abbott June 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    So he can’t pitch with 1 eye??

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  • Me June 30, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    For what it’s worth, he can probably sue someone

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    • I BLEW JERRY BLAVATE IN MARGATE LAST SUMMER June 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Maybe sue crossingbroad for taking up bandwidth on the internet and offending everyone with their shitty content.

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  • Euben Ramaro June 30, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Like I always said….In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

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    • left eye Lopez June 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      I thought Nietzsche said that

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      • Mark the bagger June 30, 2016 at 7:34 pm

        I thought baba booey said that.

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  • Bob June 30, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Lost an eye this way taking too many c0cks at the same time. One snuck me from the blind side and poked it right out. Made surgery difficult because the cum infected the socket. Fuck Obama.

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    • Ron Bowman is a dumb ape July 1, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Jillian Mele

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  • This is sad news July 1, 2016 at 6:58 am

    But all Matt has to do is call the offices of Schwarz Colleden. That colored man on TV did and said they got him a huge cash settlement.

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    • Astute observer July 1, 2016 at 9:19 am

      That guy still reads better than Jon runyan

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