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Rugby player suffered headaches, eye infection until tooth found

7/17/2007

BRISBANE, Australia -- Rugby player Ben Czislowski kept
competing for more than three months despite the headaches that
started after a clash with an opponent.

Czislowski was playing for Brisbane team Wynnum during the April
1 incident involving Tweed Heads forward Matt Austin. He had a head
wound stitched up afterward, the Australian Associated Press
reported Tuesday.

Czislowski later suffered an eye infection and complained of
lethargy and shooting pains in his head.

Then last week, his doctor found a tooth embedded in
Czislowski's head.

"I can laugh about it now, but the doctor told me it could have
been serious, with teeth carrying germs," Czislowski said.

"I've got the tooth at home, sitting on the bedside table," he
said. "If he [Austin] wants it back he can have it. I'm keeping it
at the moment as proof that it actually happened."