The incident which may have led to Andrew Fifita being placed in an induced coma in a Brisbane hospital intensive care unit after suffering a significant laryngeal injury on Sunday, has been revealed.
The 32-year-old is said to be in a stable condition after being rushed to hospital shortly after the Sharks’ 16-14 NRL loss to Newcastle yesterday.
Fifita is reportedly suffering from breathing difficulties due to a severe swelling of the larynx, with a surgery a real possibility for the forward.
About 20 minutes after the game ended, a distressed Fifita was brought out of the changing rooms and onto the field, where he was examined by paramedics before being taken to hospital by ambulance.
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Cronulla’s narrow 16-14 defeat to Newcastle left the Sharks in tenth position and with their play-off hopes fading with every passing game.
Fifita had been linked with a move to Wakefield earlier in the season but that failed to materialise, with the prop forward closing in on 200 appearances for the Sharks.
Capped seven times by Australia, the 32-year-old has been in and out of the Cronulla side this year, but under Josh Hannay, Fifita has established himself in the side.