Lockyer Valley player in coma after AFL tackle
THE quick thinking of regional AFL club members may have saved the life of a 19-year-old player who was knocked out and went into cardiac arrest on Sunday.
Lockyer Valley Demons player Tarryn Bowers remains in an induced coma in the Princess Alexandra Hospital following the incident during a game in the southern Darling Downs town of Pittsworth.
Bowers' father Tony, who is the Demons president and was also playing in the match, said his son was sandwiched by two opposition players.from the Goondiwindi Hawks.
"A player came from behind and forearmed him across the back of the head, to the side of his temple, which we believe has knocked him out," Tony said.
He said his son was out cold before he hit the ground and then began to spasm on the pitch.
Tony said Tarryn was likely to be woken from his coma on Monday, and the initial prognosis from doctors appeared to be positive.