Hughes death “only happened once before” – Aussie cricket doctor


Tributes have continued to pour after the death of Australian cricketer, Philip Hughes, early on Thursday morning South African time. Twenty-five year old Hughes, who played in 26 Test and 25 One Day International matches for his country as well as for the Mumbai Indians during the 2013 / 2014 Indian Premier League, was struck on the neck by a bouncer from bowler Sean Abbot, during a domestic match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

He collapsed shortly afterwards and was rushed to St Vincent Hospital and placed in an induced coma, where it was determined that he had suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage, an injury which, according Cricket Australia doctor Peter Brukner, has only ever happened once before and involves a compressed artery splitting forcing blood into the brain.

“Over a period of the first 24 to 48 hours, as we know, he did not make very much improvement and unfortunately as a consequence of the injury he died,” head of trauma at St Vincent's Hospital, Tony Grabs, said in a statement. Hughes would have celebrated his 26th birthday on Sunday.

Speaking in a statement, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that all flags would be flown at half-mast and that Hughes was simply a “young man living out his dreams”.

“The thought that a player in his prime should be killed playing our national game is shocking and sobering,” The Australian quotes Abbott as saying.

“What happened has touched millions of Australians. For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration. He was loved, admired and respected by his teammates and by legions of cricket fans. Australians’ thoughts and prayers are with the Hughes family.”

The news of Hughes’ death sparked a mass outpouring on social media with many taking to twitter to express their shock.

“Such terrible news with the passing of Phil Hughes. Our deepest sympathies to his family,” Aussie cricket great Glen McGrath tweeted.

“On behalf of South Africa's cricketers sincere condolences to Phil Hughes' family. His passing is real loss to the game,” South African Cricketers' Association Chief Executive, Tony Irish wrote.

“Woken to the horrific news about Hughesy ! I cannot describe the sadness I feel for the Hughes family & fellow cricket players, so so sad,” tweeted Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne.

“#PhillipHughes will remain not out forever, he won't come to the wicket to carry his inning again #PhillipHughes,” Sri Lankan sports journalist, Nadeeshan Meedin, wrote in a post which also showed a picture of scoreboard with Hughes' score indicating 63 not out.

“Cricket has lost a super talented cricketer but most of all a lovely, lovely man. All our thoughts with his family #PhilHughes,” star England player Paul Collingwood wrote.

“Heart broken! A very dark day. You will be missed, Phil Hughes. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family & friends,” current Proteas one day caption AB de Villiers tweeted.

It has since been announced that the match between the Australia XI and India, due for the Adelaide Oval on Friday and Saturday, has been cancelled. At the same time, both the New Zealand and Pakistan cricket unions have agreed to suspend day two of the third and final test match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.


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