A story of hope , a story of determination

Dario Debray Silva Pereira (born November 2, 1972 in Treinta y Tres), commonly known as Darío Silva, is a former footballer who played as a striker. He represented Uruguay 46 times at the international level, scoring 14 goals, and retired from international football after Uruguay failed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Silva began his career in 1991 when he joined Defensor Sporting Club. From there he moved on to play for Peñarol and Cagliari Calcio. He then played for Espanyol, Malaga and Sevilla. After spending two years in La Liga with Sevilla FC, Silva decided to cancel the last year of his contract after discovering he was not in manager Joaquin Caparros’s plans for their new campaign. He joined Portsmouth on a free transfer from Sevilla in 2005, signing a two-year deal. However, the former international failed to make an impact after suffering an ankle injury, and after scoring just three goals in 15 appearances he was released from his contract on February 14, 2006.

On September 23, 2006, Silva was seriously injured in a car accident in Montevideo. In the impact Silva fractured his skull, knocking him unconscious and suffering a compound fracture on his right leg. On the day of the accident, a team of five made the decision to amputate his leg below the knee, and Silva underwent an operation which lasted for 3 and a half hours. He was put into a medically induced coma for the amputation. Dario quoted after knowing that he lost his leg “When I found out what happened, I couldn’t control myself. I was in such a shock, I didn’t want to live anymore,” admitted 34 year old Silva, who cannot remember the accident. He adds: “When it became clear, what my family went through because of me, I quickly realized that I’m lucky to be alive!”

Silva left the hospital on October 5 and returned to his home in Montevideo. He went to Italy to receive a prosthetic leg to help him walk without the aid of crutches. Dario did replied all of the letters that have been sent to him , to support him while he is in hospital right after he got back to home .Dario Silva is now aiming to make the 2012 Olympics as a rower.


Dario Silva in action "with an artificial leg"

Tragedy only took one leg from him, not his will to life and his eternal optimism. he adapted very well to his artificial leg, which was made in Italy. When he visited Bologna for fittings. Almost unbelievably Dario Silva took the pitch again on Jan 13 2009 after a 3 year absence, taking part in a charity match between Uruguay XI and the Argentina XI for the “Fundación Niños con Alas” (Children with Wings Foundation). Showing he still has it, he not only played but stepped up to score a penalty !

That was one of the most emotional scenes I’ve ever seen ..

The following video shows some of Dario’s goal:

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