The death of the 25-year-old Phillip Hughes, an Australian cricketer who died in a hospital in Sydney has left many people very devastated. He suffered a severe head/neck injury in a sports that seemingly has a low risk of such catastrophic injury during a cricket match in Sydney.
Phillip Hughes was struck in the neck on Tuesday with a ball as he was batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The ball was bowled by Sean Abbot, a New South Wales bowler who has been in shock since the incident.
The saddening announcement of Phillip’s death was made by the Australian Team Doctor: Peter Brukner who said in a statement: “It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away. He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday.”
“As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Philip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”
Hughes was in a very critical condition when he was admitted into the hospital with a ruptured blood vessel and a resulting increased pressure in the brain.
He underwent an emergency surgery and was placed in an induced coma however, his family took the decision to switch off his life support.
Brukner said Phillips was surrounded by his family and close friends and was not in pain before he passed on.
The 25-year-old Philip Hughes was born on 30 November 1988 and died a few days short of his birthday.
According to a sports survey statistics shared by the British Council, there are 2.6 injuries per 10,000 hours of cricket played.
Among Australian cricketers, the figure is said to 24.2 per 10,000 hours of play while South African surveys shows that an alarming 49% of all players sustain some form of injury at some point in the season.
Alarmingly, more recent studies have shown that injuries from cricket are on the increase and up to 28.4% to 71.6% of cricketers sustain between 1.61 and 1.91 injuries every year.