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July 18, 2007
It has been, not to put too fine a point on it, a hell of a few weeks for Glamorgan's Mike Powell.
Just over a month ago, he faced life-threatening complications following surgery on a blood clot which involved having a rib removed. Happily, he's now recovering - and can see the lighter side of life, after having the rib buried at Sophia Gardens.
It was his own idea, dreamt up during his time in hospital after doctors said he could keep the bone. He proposed the idea to the chief executive Mike Fatkin, not expecting him to agree.
"He surprised me when he said 'Yes', but I was chuffed," Powell told the South Wales Echo. "I knew that a lot of people have had their ashes buried there, but I am the only living person ever to have part of their body buried there.
"It felt quite weird when we buried it, but it was exciting. I am glad that part of me will be at Sophia Gardens for ever. That is my legacy to the club and it feels right.
"The grass has not grown back properly yet, so everyone can see where it is, but I will always look out for it when I am fielding out there."
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