Navin sorted everything out within an hour and was at our house the next day working with Tomáš. Navin had ten days to put Tomas back together. Navin didn’t say that he would try, he said that in ten days Tomas would play in the first match of the European championship.
Navin left no room for doubts. He came to us twice a day for three or four hours and devoted himself to the task at hand. Navin moved the ankle with his bare hands and sometimes he asked for some strange object, like a mirror, or something round and metal that could be used for massage. My father finally found a fork with a round handle that worked perfectly.
Navin also made a horseshoe shape out of a children’s foam pad that Tomás wears in his sock to this day. During the breaks, Navin played with our children and the dog who wouldn’t leave his side. I had Navin try my favorite superweed, “lichofe Hänica” from my parent’s garden, and also Vincentka, with which he immediately fell in love, just like I did years ago.
One day Navin stayed with us for dinner, dad made vegetable minestrone, which the whole family, including the children, adores. And then we talked until midnight about his daily meditation, the planet, the bizarre pharmaceutical industry, and why he decided to retire from the NBA and now travels the world spontaneously healing people of all professions, ages, and ailments. Navin spreads a good mood and hope around him. And in ten days, Tomáš threw away his crutches and suited up for the first match.
I’ll be honest, the match against Poland hurt a lot. Even now, after more than the originally estimated six weeks when Tomáš is already fully training with Barcelona, his ankle isn’t completely fine. Because of the physical load, the recovery took longer time and it will take more time to get back to normal. But Tomas is a hero to me. If someone is a shaman, then he himself is in his own body. For his teammates from the national team and for basketball as such, he would do anything in the world. Anything is possible if you want in bad enough and believe.
Former basketball player/expert in catering at MauMau company/graduate of VS in Seville/wife of Tomas Satoranský
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