HOUSTON - A Houston-area teen soccer player is lucky to be alive after a freak accident on the field.
On Sunday, July 10 during a club game, 17-year-old Edwin Saldivar damaged his small intestine when another player fell on him.
"My body turned as I went around him and we fell together and he happened to land with his knee up to my abdomen," Edwin said from his hospital bed.
Medics rushed young Edwin to the emergency room, which led to immediate surgery, when doctors removed 16 inches of his intestines.
This unfortunate event could be a game changer for the high school soccer team captain.
He says, "It hopefully won't affect my future soccer career and I would just have a long recovery ahead."
Edwin's life may have been spared, but now his family says the medical bill is costing them an arm and a leg.
"We're just asking for anything, anything that can help us out," said Hector Saldivar, Edwin's brother.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with expenses. Thankfully, Edwin has the best team in whole world rooting for him -- family.