Sydney, Nov 27: Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, was due to celebrate his 26th birthday this weekend, died from the injuries sustained when he was hit by a bouncer in a domestic game.
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner reportedly said in a statement: “It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away.”
Hughes was in induced coma after being felled by a Sean Abbott bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Hughes suffered catastrophic bleeding in his brain.
Hughes’ life-threatening injuries, despite wearing a helmet, have sent shockwaves through the cricketing world.
Sydney Cricket Ground officials said a call was made six minutes after the batsman crumpled to the ground at 2.23pm, but the ambulance did not arrive until 2.52pm. A helicopter and another ambulance were also dispatched.
While waiting, Hughes was reportedly given CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by NSW team doctor John Orchard before being rushed to hospital for scans and surgery.
The Sydney Cricket Trust, however, has defended its handling of the incident.
Speaking to reporters, trust official Phil Heads said: “SCG Trust staff followed the venue’s emergency management plan quickly, calmly and professionally, as did staff from Cricket NSW and the NSW Ambulance Service.”
New South Wales health minister Jillian Skinner said she would meet the state’s ambulance commissioner on Thursday to find out why it took so long to arrive at the scene despite the nearest ambulance station being barely one kilometre away.
(With AFP Inputs)