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04 NEWS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 02 FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU TELE01Z01MA - V1 PHILLIP HUGHES 1988-2014 Business Daily 74 Letters 72 Classifieds 85 Opinion 42, 71 Comics 79 Sport 90 Crosswords 80 Television 81 History 78 Weather 84 Horoscopes 79 World 33 Shortage of ambos blamed for delay THE first ambulance dispatched to batsman Phillip Hughes was sent from Summer Hill 10km away in Sydneys inner west because of a lack of resources closer to the SCG, the Health Services Union claims. The Australian Paramedics Association said frustrated ambulance crews at hospitals closer to the SCG were trapped, waiting to check patients into emergency departments and could not respond. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident and it is frustrating paramedics every single day, association secretary Gary Wilson said. Ambulance control received the first call at 2.29pm, six minutes after the batsman was struck by the bouncer from paceman Sean Abbott. My understanding is that the first ambulance had to be sent from Summer Hill because ambulances at closer hospitals were held up by considerable trolley block, Mr Wilson said. In NSW, ambulance crews have to wait with patients until they can hand them over to emergency departments. By the time the ambulance service received a second call at 2.37pm, ambulances had become free and the first reached the SCG in seven minutes. The ambulance from Summer Hill turned up eight minutes later at 2.52pm, a 23 minute journey. This incident has caught the publics attention because it is a famous person, but in reality it is happening to regular people in NSW every day, Mr Wilson said. NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner held an emergency meeting with NSW Ambulance Commissioner Ray Creen yesterday, but her office refused to reveal what was said in the light of Phillip Hughes death. Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said the problem lay with a lack of resources. There are at least 250 staff short in the ambulance area, he said. FREAK FATALITY PAGE 7 MATTHEW BENNS SEAN Abbott felt a unique sense of grief yesterday as his friend and former teammates life ebbed away. We cannot begin to imagine how he must be feeling. But some comfort came as the NSW paceman sat with his colleagues in St Vincents Hospital. Hughes sister Megan sat down beside Abbott and offered her reassurance on behalf of the family of the man so cruelly cut down by Abbotts bouncer. While Australia mourns the loss of a favoured son, our collective heart goes out to a lad caught up in an unfathomable sadness. When he came to the hospital today Michael Clarke came down and spent a significant amount of time with Sean, and then Megan came and spent significant time with him, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said. What Sean is going through is an incredibly traumatic experience. He will have all the support he needs around him. Comforted by teammates and friends, Abbott left the hospital with tears in his eyes. Seconds after expressing his grief at the news of Hughes death on Twitter, Glenn McGrath wrote a second message: Our thoughts are also with Sean Abbott. Comfort for grief-stricken Abbott ENTIRE NATION FEELS THE PAIN THE news the nation dreaded became a tragic reality yesterday as word spread across the country that rising Test star Phillip Hughes had died in his hospital bed. Shock and disbelief gave way to tears of grief and despair. Outside St Vincents Hospital, Hughes family, friends and cricket colleagues wept and hugged. In Hughes home town of Macksville, distraught neighbours of the family gathered for a solemn vigil on the towns cricket oval, heads bowed in respect and sorrow. Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke spoke for all of us as he read out a brief statement from Hughes family. We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip, Clarke said. Cricket was Phillips life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him we love you. Hughes was struck on the back of the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG on Tuesday. He died yesterday afternoon, three days shy of his 26th birthday. Felled by a freak injury, he never regained consciousness. Doctors said he didnt suffer and died peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. In articulating the tragedy, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Hughes passing broke the countrys heart: Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams. His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. Premier Mike Baird ordered all flags on NSW government buildings lowered to half-mast: I am deeply saddened by the passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes. This is a heartbreaking time for all cricket and sport lovers in our state. The injury Hughes sustained is usually instantly fatal. But for 48 hours as the light flickered from one of sports brightest young stars he dug in for one mighty last knock. The SCG pitch sat silent and TAYLOR AUERBACH & LEIGH VAN DEN BROEKE A distraught Michael Clarke yesterday. Macksville residents gather at Hughes hometown pitch to pay their respects yesterday, and (below) Ricky Ponting hugs Simon Katich at St Vincents Hospital and Hughes close friend David Warner grieves with his partner Candice Falzon. Pictures: Dean Lewins, Peter Lorimer and Craig Greenhill Abbott yesterday. ANDREW CARSWELL DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 03 V1 - TELE01Z01MA PHILLIP HUGHES 1988-2014 ENTIRE NATION FEELS THE PAIN under covers as a few hundred metres away, in the intensive care unit of St Vincents Hospital, a roll call of legends gathered to be with their plucky little mate. Australian captain Michael Clarke barely left the side of the man he once skippered, supporting the Hughes family. Phillips always been like a little brother to Michael the family were obviously going through a difficult time but Im not sure they would have coped without Michaels assistance, Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said. Australia was there with Clarke as hearts and minds around the country turned to that hospital bed. And then we stopped. The nation halted in grief around 3.30pm when the confirmation came that Hughess family had switched off his life support. The long-predicted pain was piercing. Federal Parliament paused in reverent silence. Play was suspended in the Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in the UAE. Australias upcoming tour match against India was cancelled. The boy who lived for cricket stopped it with his death. In Hughess adopted home state, the legendary Adelaide Oval scoreboard almost inconceivably read: Vale Phillip Hughes 1988-2014 to empty stands. Rivers of tears were shed at St Vincents where Hughess family parents Greg and Virginia and siblings Jason and Megan were joined by the cream of Australian cricket. Radio icon Alan Jones, a mentor and friend to the Macksville youngster, entered through a private section of the hospital. Phillips old skipper Ricky Ponting arrived to be with the kid who used to take care of the new ball for him. Australian coach Darren Lehmann was there, Nathan Lyon was there, Peter Siddle, Aaron Finch, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade, Shane Watson all there. Brett Lee was there. Steve Waugh was there. Brad Haddin was there. And as they flocked to be with the wounded prince, the country stopped and simply thought for him this man who for a brief few years opened our batting, issued in our summers, kissed our Coat of Arms. We paused for Sean Abbott, the man who bowled crickets most fateful bouncer. We paused for the game itself. And all the while as Bradmans ghost took guard against Bill OReillys and Yabba yelled out from the Hill Hughes remained the not out batsman at the nearby SCG. That will never change. OPINION PAGE 71 MORE COVERAGE IN SPORT Phillip Hughes parents Greg and Virginia leave St Vincents Hospital with other family members after their sons death. SUCH PROMISE LOST Its an image that captures the stuff of childhood dreams a rising star making his baggy green debut. Todays front page photograph of Phillip Hughes, taken ahead of his first Test for Australia in February 2009, embodies the essence of his blazing promise. It also underlines the tragedy of a rare and gifted cricketer who has been lost to the game and to all of us far too soon. IAN BOTHAM A very sad day for the world of cricket. So sorry for Phillip Hughes and his family. Spare a thought for Sean Abbott. HASHIM AMLA Such sad news to wake up to. My deepest most sincere condolences to Phil Hughes family and friends. STEVE SMITH Rest in peace Hughesy. I am really going to miss you. You were 1 of the great blokes and I will never forget you. #408 will live on forever. ANTHONY MUNDINE Im totally devastated by the passing of my little mate Phil Hughes. Words arent enough. Sad sad day & great loss for mankind RIP my bra IVAN FRANJIC RIP Phil Hughes very sad news. TOM MOODY Devastating news, Phillip Hughes #RIP you will be sadly missed by us all, thoughts & prayers go out to the Hughes family. SACHIN TENDULKAR Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP #PhilipHughes AB DE VILLIERS Heartbroken! A very dark day. You will be missed, Phil Hughes. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family & friends. JARRYD HAYNE #RIP champion. Pleasure to have met you and to get an insight on how much the baggy green meant to you. ECB CHAIRMAN GILES CLARKE This is sad and shocking news and the ECB joins England Cricket in extending its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family of Phillip as well as all the members of the cricketing family who regarded him as a friend or colleague. ARSENAL FC Everyone at Club would like to send their condolences to the family and friends of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes SEND YOUR TRIBUTES TO HUGHES FAMILY & FRIENDS TEARFUL TRIBUTES EDITORIAL PAGE 46 Tears for a brave battler who lived the dream for cricket hacks just like me Freakish accident split key artery IT was a freak blow that has only ever felled about 100 people and until yesterday only one of those by a cricket ball. Batsman Phillip Hughes was hit in the neck by a 135km/ h bouncer that split one of the main arteries carrying blood to his brain, a devastating and rare brain injury medically defined as a vertebral artery dissection leading to subarachnoid haemorrhage. In an emotional press conference after his death, Australian team doctor Peter Brukner described how Hughes momentarily stood up and then immediately collapsed to the ground. He said the blow caused the artery in his neck to split which bled into the brain. This was a freakish accident because it was an injury to the neck that caused haemorrhage in the brain. It is incredibly rare, Dr Brukner said. He had a massive bleed into his brain. This is frequently fatal at the time. Dr Brukner described how Hughes received immediate care from cricket NSW doctor John Orchard and intensive care specialist Dr Tim Stanley, who was in the crowd and rushed to help. Dr Brukner also praised the paramedics who arrived and took Hughes to St Vincents Hospital 1.5km away for treatment. It is important to realise that, yes, we certainly need to review all our procedures and equipment but this is an incredibly rare type of injury, he said. Dr Tony Grabs, St Vincents head of trauma surgery, said Hughes arrived well resuscitated but the head injury that he suffered was catastrophic. He said that Hughes was then given a CAT scan which revealed the alarming picture the space between his brain and skull was filling with blood from the split artery. We havent seen, at this hospital, this type of injury, so it is very rare, very freakish, Dr Grabs said. More reports: Sport MY job has exposed me to a lifetimes share of death and tragedy. Police, paramedics, doctors and journalists eventually learn that dealing with trauma requires a sort of morbid detachment. Ive learned to suppress my own emotions when Im writ ing about emotional topics; to accept that tragedy is a fact of life and not to shed tears for strangers. And this week, I sat in the newsroom and wept for a young man Id never met. But cricket is, quite literally, the reason Im alive. And that made Phillip Hughes a part of my family. Let me explain. My parents met at a cricket ground. Mum was 17, loved Doug Walters and spent her Saturdays scoring for my uncles University of Newcastle second grade side. There she met a short bloke with a Beatle-style mop (even though the band broke up nearly a decade earlier). Wading through boxes of family photos, youd discover that my favourite childhood toy was a yellow plastic bat. I idolised players growing up. And I still do, long after I should have grown out of my teenage obsessions. For 15 years I played for my Dads old club. I was president there for four years and played most weekends on the same ground where my parents met. My brother shared the same dreams of one day playing Test cricket and still follows the Sheffield Shield religiously, ball-by-ball from his office in Canberra. When a 20-year-old Phillip Hughes made a hundred in the Shield final, Dan effectively adopted him. He proudly proclaimed that at his age, on the cusp of a spot in the Test side, Hughes would score more runs than anyone in history. In reality, it wasnt that easy. The young bloke had talent, but by God, he had to fight for it, too. Time and again, he was slapped in the face and clawed his way back to the top. It wasnt just the way he performed but the way he carried himself. Hughes often had grounds to feel hard done by, but By BEN SMEE NT News Chief of Staff