posted on Dec, 4 2014 @ 04:34 AM
I think it's more the pure bad luck aspect of it that shocked so many people.
And by bad luck, I mean REAL bad luck, considering that if the ball had hit him literally 1 or 2 millimetres either side of where it actually hit him,
he would still be alive. I played last Saturday, and after our game finished, one of our players turned up straight from work as the Senior ER Doctor
at one of the local hospitals. Curiosity got the best of us, and we started asking him questions about what he knew of it. And this is what he told
*It was only the 100th time a death like this had been recorded in the entire country.
*The artery that was crushed, which lead to Hughes' death, is only exposed (and by exposed, I mean not protected by the spine and the skull) for
1.5cm, and is less than 1cm wide
*The injury which killed him has a 100% fatality rate, and usually kills on the spot, so for Hughes to have lived for an extra 2 days is an extremely
*If the ball had hit him only several millimetres either side of where it did, he would have been alive still, albeit with an extremely sore neck and
quite the headache.
I do agree that the media coverage about it did drag on longer than necessary, at the end of the day, it was a freak accident, that affected more than
just 1 person. And the fact that leading up to his death, it had been talked about that he was going to be picked for Australia again only 2 days
after he died, shows that anyone, anywhere, can be felled by freak accidents, and to have died so young, and so unnecessarily, really hits home for so