A South African woman ruptured her throat while taking part in a vuvuzela-blowing competition, but said Friday she was recovering with no permanent damage.
She joined the impromptu competition on the opening day of World Cup in Cape Town. At the time, she thought the burning sensation in her throat was a cold. Her physician, Scott Barker, said the wound worsened because she kept blowing after the initial tear. Mayer blamed her own poor blowing technique and said she was now "a bit nervous" about trying it again.
The instrument drew fierce criticism for drowning out fans' singing in stadiums, hindering communication between coaches and teams, and for dominating television coverage. Experts also said it could cause permanent damage to hearing.