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Young rugby player collapses on field, critical

2012-04-24 20:05

Cape Town - A young Greytown High School pupil is in a critical condition after collapsing during a rugby game in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, paramedics say.

The boy, an under fourteeen player, collapsed on the Carter High School field, where the game was being played, at around 17:00.

Paramedics arrived at the scene where first aiders were adminstering CPR on the boy, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

"The medics immediately started with advanced life support resuscitation and managed to regain the heart beat," Botha said.

The boy was placed on a ventilator and taken to Grey’s Hospital.

Comments
  • Farmworker - 2012-04-24 20:11

    Wishing him a speedy recovery. I personally don't like Rugby and I think it must be banned, it is way too dangerous, less entertaining as well.

      Ruan - 2012-04-24 20:35

      Then they should ban driving to work as well, stupid argument!! All the best to the youngster!!

      berthram - 2012-04-24 20:38

      Me thinks you're in the wrong country to dis rugby...

      Saleé - 2012-04-24 21:11

      Well, if there's something wrong with the young chap's heart, he would've collapsed while doing a ballet piece on a still Thursday evening. Wishing him a speedy recovery. I'm sure he loves rugby.

      Jeffrey - 2012-04-24 21:16

      Less entertaining than what?

      Scott - 2012-04-24 23:29

      @Farmworker: A very narrow minded opinion my friend. Think of all that rugby has done for uniting the country.Hello! World Cup 1995 & 2007. Not to mention the development in sports for those previously disadvantaged by aparteid. The hundres of kids that are kept out of gangs and off the streets in the Cape. A tragedy what has happened but doing what you enjoy is also important.

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-24 20:15

    I wish this boy a speedy recovery. CPR is very important, I wish everyone in South Africa could be trained to use this life saving procedure. I once did it in My Village of Underberg in KZN, it was a difficult thing to do because i did not have this new plastic equipment which is used to blow the air inside, I had to do mouth to mouth to another man, what makes me happy is I saved someone's life. I always carry this equipment here in Cape Town and my Village.

  • berthram - 2012-04-24 20:33

    Isn't there supposed to be an ambulance and a paramedic present at the game? Hope the boy gets better and be able to play more games in years to come.

      Sechaba - 2012-04-24 20:36

      Pietermaritzburg is a Dead City. When you are there never wish to get sick.

      Saleé - 2012-04-24 21:13

      Sechaba, that's not true. With a top university and technikon (for starters) and a load of top private school, Pietermaritzburg is teeming with young life. Far from dead, I say.

      Sechaba - 2012-04-24 21:29

      lol, I also studied there, but believe me, they all relocate to other Cities ,Europe or Cape Town.

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-24 22:42

      Refugees @Sechaba? :-)

      Michelle - 2012-04-25 11:04

      "Paramedics arrived at the scene where first aiders were adminstering CPR on the boy, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said. The medics immediately started with advanced life support resuscitation and managed to regain the heart beat," According to ECR news this morning this child has died. He was standing next to the scrum when he collapsed. Perhaps he was ill and we can't blame rugby until the facts are confirmed.

      Saleé - 2012-04-25 12:02

      Private school refugees! @ Xav

  • Vicky - 2012-04-24 20:37

    The reason why I will not allow my son to play rugby at school anymore. the so-called coaches do not have a clue about avoiding injuries, dangerous situations and worst of all when a boy has a bad cold or flu he is still forced to play - and before you know it , another 14 year old drops dead from a suspected heart attack and the coaches and teachers all tell you that there was nothing wrong with him. My son DID play school rugby until he was called names for not wanting to play with a bad chest cold and ended up with chest pains and breathing difficulties on the field. Get professionals to coach them or leave them out of it! I hope this child makes a full recovery

      ShaunTheTank - 2012-04-24 21:20

      Coaches by law need to be Boksmart approved, the onus is for the ref and officials to make sure the ref and both coaches are Boksmart before a game may proceed, if this is not the case, NRU must take steps. ( a card is issued after a course which is only valid for 2 years www.boksmart.co.za). the boy could have had flu which has been known to cause similar cases in children and adults, the parents are as much to blame if this was the case. New legislation is coming to effect in 2013 that the coaches need to be IRB approved as well whether primary school or professional.

      Vicky - 2012-04-25 13:42

      To the 11 "thumbs down" This child has passed away in the meantime. Probably was a happy healthy little dude up until this rugby match. ShaunTheTank - I know about Boksmart and all that. The point is that the authorities do not practice what they preach. Kids will rather put up with the hurt and illness than the name-calling from their COACHES, TEACHERS and friends. believe me, I've first hand experience...

      Vicky - 2012-04-25 13:49

      Every year, during Rugby season, we see at least 1 story per week about a school boy sustaining a serious to critical injury and quite often dying. We do not see the same stats when it comes to provincial and international teams. Why not? After all the provincial and international players play much harder and tougher games than what is played at school level? BECAUSE their coaches are professionals! They know how to coach their players in avoiding injury, they DO NOT let them play or even practice if they so much as have a snotty nose!They do not let them continue playing after a knock on the head or neck or anything that left them dazed and confused and unable to get up straightaway.

  • HardusMawhasibombVisser - 2012-04-24 21:21

    Rugby is a great sport,but in RSA people love it more than they love God. Thats why I stopped playing and made my 2nd sport my first.

      flaktant - 2012-04-25 06:39

      Nothing on earth is bigger then GOD ,its we that think its bigger.

  • marcanthonytaylor - 2012-04-24 21:46

    Banging Rugby in South Africa would be like banning the Royal Family in the UK. Base Jumping is dangerous. Rugby is MMA plus a ball that if memory serves me well started out as a bladder, or some other internal organ that was inflated (YUCK) and kicked around as part of anger management therapy, okay the therapy is bollocks, but you get the point? Admittedly this is the first article I have read about the young man, he could have collapsed for a number of reasons unrelated to rugby itself. Get well soon young man!

      marcanthonytaylor - 2012-04-24 21:48

      I mean banning.

  • Mervyn Thompson - 2012-04-24 21:50

    My thoughts are with the young man and his family. Having captained and played rugby in Pmb and internationaly i can honestly say that there have been many times my heart has skipped a beat watching a team mate go down. I for one have broken more limbs than i care to remember but that is the nature of the game and should be accepted by players, coaches and unfortunately parents. Tragicaly though, unnatural causes can take a player and friend from us. NOT because he is on the field but merely because the sport is a catylist for an existing condition. Please people, think before you comment!

  • nchamanengubane - 2012-04-24 21:51

    Wishing da Gretown high scool pupil a speedy recovery...

      Piet Bergh - 2012-04-25 11:38

  • Qiniso - 2012-04-24 22:27

    Myself and the entire school is with you in prayer Sylvester. I know you'll make it out there we believe in you. Keep fighting. Tomorrows game shall be dedicated to you and I'll personally make sure of that. Hope you okay buddy..

  • Qiniso - 2012-04-24 22:27

    Myself and the entire school is with you in prayer Sylvester. I know you'll make it out there we believe in you. Keep fighting. Tomorrows game shall be dedicated to you and I'll personally make sure of that. Hope you okay buddy..

      Liz - 2012-04-25 08:28

      Great spirit! Qiniso (and Ntokozo) - know that many of us are very concerned about your team mate and will be remembering him and his family as well.

  • ntokozo.jw - 2012-04-25 07:17

    We gather in prayer for u this morning,we know you can pull through Sylvester,todays rugby matches are dedicated to you,get well soon...

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