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South Australia batsman Phillip Hughes has undergone surgery after being struck on the side of the head by New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
At approximately 5.20pm, St Vincent’s Hospital confirmed that Hughes was out of surgery and had been moved to the intensive care unit in critical condition.
Hughes was rushed to hospital at 3.05pm after taking a sickening blow to the side of the head, which occurred after he missed a hook shot.
After being hit, Hughes stumbled around before collapsing face first onto the pitch. Since he was laying motionless on the field, Hughes received mouth to mouth resuscitation by Cricket New South Wales doctor John Orchard before being administered oxygen.
Just a short while later, Hughes was tended to by three ambulances and a medivac helicopter before he was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital by ambulance. As a result of the tragic event, play was suspended for the day with South Australia on 136/2.
“He arrived in a critical condition and remains in a critical condition,” St Vincent’s Hospital spokesman David Faktor said at 4.15pm. “He is undergoing surgery as we speak.
“When he arrived he underwent a set of scans to establish the extent of his injuries and then a decision was made to perform surgery…All I could confirm is that he did sustain a head injury and that he is in a critical condition at the moment.
“I understand he was ventilated at the scene and arrived at St Vincent’s already ventilated and on life support and he underwent scans and then he went to surgery.”
South Australia’s high performance manager, Tim Neilsen, stated that the “outcome of that surgery is unlikely to be known for 24-48 hours”.
“As you’re aware Phil Hughes was injured today and he’s undergoing surgery,” Nielsen said. “The outcome of that surgery is unlikely to be known for 24-48 hours, we ask you to respect the privacy of his family and friends.”
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland added: “We were all in shock and…pleasingly there was medical attention he was able to receive immediately at the ground and then to be transported to hospital and now we hope that whatever the procedure is that he’s going through, he comes through in the right way and gets the best possible care and recovery.
“It’s difficult for [the players] being there and they’re all very close to Phil. He’s a really popular guy, not just here but around the world…Everyone knows and understands the way he plays his cricket. He’s fiercely determined, extremely proud of his achievements and I guess he’s a quiet achiever, but has the respect of all of his team-mates.”
Cricket New South Wales chief executive, Andrew Jones, assured everyone that Hughes was receiving the “the best available care”.
“He received immediate treatment at the ground led by CNSW and CA Chief Medical Officer Dr John Orchard,” Jones said. “He was then taken to hospital by ambulance and is receiving the best available care.
“For privacy and accuracy reasons we are not in a position to discuss the medical details and we would be grateful if you would respect the privacy of the Hughes family and all the players at this time. Players and staff from both South Australia and New South Wales are obviously very concerned for Phil’s health and, like Phil, are receiving appropriate support.
“Phil grew up in NSW and is a former Blue and is held in the highest regard by his current and former team-mates. The thoughts and prayers of all at Cricket NSW and indeed everyone in Australian ricket are with Phil the very best for a speedy and full recovery.”
The South Australian Cricket Association also released a statement, which said: “On behalf of the SACA Board and administration, our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes and his family at this time. Phil suffered an injury to his head from a delivery during today’s Bupa Sheffield Shield match at the SCG. Phil has been taken to hospital in Sydney and has been accompanied by family members and SACA General Manager High Performance, Tim Nielsen.”