A 12-year-old competitor is in a coma and his mother is receiving financial and psychological support after suffering serious injuries at a diving competition in Russia and requiring special treatment after hitting a diving board.

The “Kremlin Cup” event in Moscow went as planned when a tragic incident involving a young competitor from Kazan interrupted the competition.

The boy, whose name was not disclosed, hit the springboard on one of his attempts and sustained injuries that forced doctors to place him in a medically-induced coma.

The promising athlete was immediately taken to the hospital, where he was operated on on Sunday.

According to medical reports, the child is in critical condition and will need a long period of rehabilitation to fully recover from their injuries.

Tatarstan’s Sports Minister Vladimir Leonov said he was in close contact with Moscow-based doctors, adding that help would be given to the boy’s family.

“The operation was carried out by the best specialists in the country,” said Leonov. “The situation is very difficult and complicated.

“The boy’s condition is serious. His mother is receiving all necessary financial and psychological help.”

The nature of the boy’s injuries is unknown, as is the time he will have to spend while he gradually recovers in the Russian capital.

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