WEIRD NEWS
01/13/2012 01:24 pm ET | Updated Feb 21, 2012

Dwarf Tossing Leaves Little Person Paralyzed: Martin Henderson Demands Apology From Rugby Team

A dwarf claims he was partially paralyzed on his birthday when a stranger lifted and heaved him onto the hard ground outside an English pub, according to The Telegraph.

Martin Henderson, the victim, blames English rugby players who attended a dwarf-tossing contest at a New Zealand bar during the World Cup for inspiring the hooligan, The Daily Mail says.

While smoking a cigarette outside The White Horse in Wincanton on his 37th birthday in October, Henderson says a drunken stranger picked him up and threw him, causing him to land hard on his back, Metro says. Henderson rejoined his friends, who were shooting pool, but soon began to lose feeling in his back and legs.

The 4-foot-2-inch man was dropped from three feet off the ground, according to the BBC.

An exam at a nearby hospital revealed that he'd suffered nerve damage, and he was released the next day.

Multiple sources report that Henderson's condition has since worsened, due in part to an existing spinal condition. Henderson claims to feel numbness in his lower back and legs. He struggles to maintain his balance, and walks with the aid of braces. For longer distances, he uses a wheelchair. The injuries derailed what he described as a promising acting career.

Police have launched an investigation to find the hooded man who attacked Henderson. In the meantime, Henderson is asking for an apology from the English rugby team.

Several players -- including the captain, Mike Tindall, who's married to Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter -- celebrated a during the World Cup in September with rowdy behavior in a bar that featured dwarf tossing.

There's no denial that the team attended the "Mad Midget Weekender" event. However, the squad's coach denies that his players participated in the dwarf-tossing, according to The Mirror.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said Henderson demanded an apology from the incorrect English sports team. He blames the rugby team for inspiring the attack on him.

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