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A horrifying situation unfolded at a cricket match in Sydney on Tuesday, as Australian cricketer Phil Hughes was critically injured when a ball struck the back of his skull.
The incident occurred during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales. Hughes turned away to avoid a “bouncer” from the New South Wales bowler—i.e., a pitch that is intentionally bounced off the turf. However, the ball ended up hitting Hughes anyway.
The blow knocked Hughes unconscious. According to Australian news outlets, he lost vital signs and had to be resuscitated right there on the field before being taken to the hospital on a ventilator. A medivac helicopter actually landed on the field, but he was eventually taken to Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Hospital in a regular ambulance.
After undergoing emergency brain surgery, Hughes is now in a medically induced coma. He is on life support and listed in critical condition. Doctors say we’ll know whether he will pull through in 24 to 48 hours.
Below is video of the incident. It’s choppy because it comes from a webcast, but it give you the idea.
A truly frightening situation. Our thoughts go out to the family and friend of Phil Hughes. Hopefully he’ll make a full recovery.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]