Boy dies after collapsing at rugby match

2012-04-25 12:24

Pietermaritzburg - A 13-year-old Greytown schoolboy has died after collapsing during a rugby match, paramedics said on Wednesday.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the under-14 rugby player died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The boy was rushed to Pietermaritzburg's Grey's Hospital at around 17:00 on Tuesday after he collapsed during a game in Pietermaritzburg.

Botha said it was not clear what injuries the boy had sustained as he collapsed while standing next to a scrum.

"Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the first aiders doing CPR on the patient. The medics immediately started with advanced life support resuscitation and managed to regain the heartbeat."

The Witness reported that the boy was a pupil at Greytown High School, which was playing an away game at Voortrekker High School.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-25 12:30

    Condolences to the Family,

      Arthur - 2012-04-25 13:37

      Which piece of excrement gave this message a thumbs down? Own up you dog!

      Mike - 2012-04-25 13:57

      Troll alert. Don't feed them.

  • stampalex - 2012-04-25 12:31

    Man, that is so,so sad... My absolute and sincerest sympathies to his family.

  • Tanie - 2012-04-25 12:41

    Now it should be compulsory to send children for ECG monitoring before they engage in sports that demands vigorous heart functioning.Change the policy to manage and avoid further possible incidents. What an unfortunate way to go.

  • Brett - 2012-04-25 12:42

    Bok smart rules say paramedics must be on site or else game cannot be played? Condolences to the family

  • Michelle - 2012-04-25 12:44

    So sad.... sincere condolences to the family and his team mates.

  • Samantha - 2012-04-25 12:53

    very sad :(

  • Marion - 2012-04-25 13:00

    Sorry to hear this. RIP young man and condolences to your friends and family. One of my sons is a rugby player and I have always feared for his safety.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-25 13:34

    Very sad day for Rugby, the school but most of all the parents of this poor child

  • Bill - 2012-04-25 13:36

    What kind of idiot gives a thumbs down to those expressing sympathy???? You must be a real sicko!!

      James - 2012-04-25 13:56

      Only a complete megalomanic!

      Liz - 2012-04-25 13:57

      Bill there are some sickos that come on line to shock and irritate - one has to learn to ignore them! Don't read too much into their "thumbs down!"

  • Thulile - 2012-04-25 13:40

    My son goes to the same school. He is traumatized! Condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.

  • i.R.womble - 2012-04-25 13:43

    What's going on lately. Almost a story similar to this every week.

  • Liz - 2012-04-25 13:44

    How very sad - some of the comments from his team mates are on the first News 24 Report and they are very moving. Lets hope this is some learning from this - this is a dangerous game and the Bok smart rule cited by Brett above should apply - No paramedics at the game - no game. Sincerest sympathies to the family, team mates and the school.

      jan.botha2 - 2012-04-26 10:55


  • Tracey - 2012-04-25 13:48

    This is absolutely traumatic...they child may have been many causes of death on a rugby field are due to the kids playing whilst heartfelt condolences to the family x x x x

  • James - 2012-04-25 13:52

    In schools, they are more worried about the school's image and reputation than the well-being of the players. One of the reasons so many potential players stop playing rugby in high-school. OK, not all schools, but most of them any way. I would think that places like Grey in Bloem would be different and so to Paarl Gym and Bishops etc. It is time that SARU enforce some basic rules for school games!!! RIP young man - may your death not be in vain, may something positive come from it to make the sport safer and parents more willing to let kids participate in this lovely game.

  • jan.botha2 - 2012-04-25 14:40

    He played against my team. The boy had a medical condition since berth. rugby wasnt the cause, just the excercise. it could have happen while jogging to town or what ever. What his position was regarding excercise and his condition we dont know. Paramedics were at the field and their actions were exemplary! they did all they could to save the boy - in fact they kept him alive untill the ambulance took him away. sadly it was his time to go. My team will play their next game in honour of him.

      jane.triegaardt - 2012-04-27 04:52

      Nice words from a concerned 'opponent'. A sad and very traumatic time for you and your team, and in your wise young words 'it could have happened anywhere' if an underlying medical condition was present. Sympathy to all.

  • Andre - 2012-04-26 11:41

    Just another reason I can't stand the stupid game. i will not bow to the rugby god like all the other groupies in this country. Very sorry for the family it's horrible!

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