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Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly rushes to help woman who fell off stage

Sometimes the worst injuries happen off the field of play.

NFL photographer Kelly Smiley fractured his spine after falling backward from a stage while attending the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl victory parade on February 13. Smiley – who also photographed the Rams’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals days earlier – fell off the platform as she prepared a shot of the quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly Staffordcausing the mother-of-four to rush to see if she was okay.

Rushed to hospital, Smiley tweeted that she suffered spinal injuries and also broke her two cameras.

“I feel great. Spending the night at the trauma center,” the photographer wrote in a story shared to her business Instagram on Feb. 17. “Thank you all for reaching out.”

A friend of the photographer (who also shared photos of her hospital experience on her personal Instagram, including one asking “How am I supposed to sleep like this lol”), set up a GoFundMe page to help raise the minus $30,000 to cover Smiley’s “increasing medical expenses as well as replacement of camera equipment that was badly damaged due to his fall.”

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