Phillip Hughes receiving best medical care

Phillip Hughes receiving best medical care

Cricketer Phillip Hughes is being given the best medical care by experts in the country, according to the emergency doctor.

Hughes, who is 25 years old, is in an induced coma and fighting for his life after the emergency surgery to reduce pressure on his brain as he was injured on the head by a bouncer at the SCG on Tuesday. Anthony Cross, the president of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine has said that Hughes will undergo further scans and monitoring for swelling in the brain. Dr Cross said that the ball was travelling at the speed of about 145km/h when it hit his head.

Dr Cross said, "He sustained the blow and then a few seconds later collapsed. There would rapidly be some bleeding inside or around the brain, which leads to a build up of pressure in an important part of the brain which is responsible for his balance and wakefulness. When he had the operation on Tuesday they would have made sure there was no further bleeding and stopped it if that was the case. I suspect they may have taken part of the skull off to allow a bit of space, if there is swelling then it can swell without compressing structures inside the skull."

St Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst, where Hughes was treated, said that the surgery went on for under an hour and the player was in a temporary coma.

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