Tragic Death of Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes.
By admin On 27 Nov, 2014 At 10:04 AM | Categorized As Sport | With 0 Comments

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PCINEWS:  Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes has died aged 25, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney. Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said he passed away in hospital, never regaining consciousness.  “It’s an understatement to say we’re completely devastated,” said Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland. “The word tragedy gets used too often in sport, but this freak accident is a real life tragedy.” Australia captain Michael Clarke read out a statement on behalf of the Hughes family at a news conference held at St Vincent’s Hospital, where the player, who would have been 26 on Sunday, was being treated.

Hughes, batting for South Australia, collapsed face first on the ground after being hit by a bouncer from Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales.

Hughes had been wearing a helmet but the ball struck him at the top of the neck, causing the injury.

He had CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation at the ground before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he had a 90-minute operation to relieve pressure on his brain. Speaking at the news conference, Brukner explained that Hughes had died as a result of “vertebral artery dissection”.

He said the artery had been compressed, causing it to split and leading to a “massive bleed” into the brain.

Brukner said the injury was “freakish”, adding: “Vertebral artery dissection is incredibly rare. If you look in the literature, there is only 100 cases reported. There is only one previous example caused by a cricket ball.”

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