A woman who broke her neck playing rugby stated the referee saved her life by stopping her head hitting the ground.
The 26-year-old, who’s also an RNLI lifeguard, was treated and landed on her mind against Cullompton.
She stated scans in the hospital showed that the referee Dean Davies’ quick reactions had saved her life.
After the impact, Miss Humber was sitting and lost feeling in her feet and hands when Mr Davies intervened.
“The scans showed that among four fractures in my C1 vertebrae was right next to my principal artery.
“If the back of my mind had hit the ground it would have gone straight through it and I would be dead”
Mr Davies made sure her mind remained still for several minutes before an ambulance arrived.
“All of refs have a responsibility of care but he went beyond that. He took charge. All I could say is thank you – that I owe him so much,” Miss Humber added.
She’s called on him to be recognised by the Rugby Football Union.
She is now wearing a metal neck brace for 12 weeks and has been told that she will never play football again.
After being discharged from hospital, she went straight to see her brother Ben playing rugby and was surprised that Mr Davies was the linesman.
Mr Davies said that he received a text message that the next Monday from the team captain thanking him for his actions.
He said:”It’s humbling to know that what you have done on instinct maybe saved somebody from catastrophic harm.”