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Brumby Shawn Mackay dies in hospital

By arthouse 8 April 2009 70

[First filed: April 06, 2009 @ 12:55]

iPrime reports breaking news that ACT Brumbies player Shawn Mackay has died in a South African hospital today. He was hit by an army van last week and was in an induced coma.

Details to come.

ED – RugbyHeaven’s report is also online:

    “After his surgery Shawn contracted an infection in his bloodstream,” said Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan.

    “He deteriorated rapidly and suffered a cardiac arrest from which he didn’t recover.”

Rest in peace.

UPDATE: Apparently the players are on the flight home and while the coach, Andy Friend, has been informed they’re going to delay breaking the news to the players until they’re back on the ground.

TRIBUTES:

— Zed Seselja is the first public figure to offer his condolences.

— The Brumbies official statement is also available.

— Chief Minister Stanhope has expressed his condolences.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The ABC reports that the players are being given the chance to choose for themselves if they want to play this Saturday.

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monomania 5:34 pm 09 Apr 09

Granny said :

There is no doubt that the discovery of penicillin has made all the difference between life and death. It is a shame to see that progress ruined by overuse.

I don’t believe that the over prescription of antibiotics has had much to do with the development of drug resistant bacteria. They were always going to become a problem.

Anyway, if these medications can be demanded from doctors, what does that say about them. Now I’m completely off the topic. My sympathy is to his partner and family.

League players often saddle up the same week a family member dies. Are union players too precious that it is thought that they might be too upset to play when a team mate they have known for six months dies.

Mr Evil 9:54 am 09 Apr 09

vg said :

Mr. Evil

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You have no idea exactly what happened. I won’t dignify this shite any further

RIP, thats all that matters. Your opinion on it is not something we’re keen to hear

But, of course your opinion is always something we’re all keen to hear!

I don’t ever recall you being too worried when people on this site have voiced opinions on what may have caused some yobbo in a car to smash into a tree a high speed at 3am or why someone has fallen off a building, so why the sudden indignation about it now?

Is it because an ACT rugby player is involved?

Granny 12:46 am 09 Apr 09

There is no doubt that the discovery of penicillin has made all the difference between life and death. It is a shame to see that progress ruined by overuse.

ant 11:51 pm 08 Apr 09

When you are coughing up or sneezing green stuff THEN you have a bacterial infection and THEN antibiotics are needed. I’m just disgusted with all the idiots – and there are so very many of them – who think antibiotics are Codrals.

You are killing us all.

Penicillan enabled me to live, when I was getting bronchial pneumonia every few months of my first 5 years of life. If I’d been born a few decades earlier, I’d have died. My earliest memory is of being in an oxygen tent in Canberra Hospital.

These superbugs are festering in hospitals, but every person who has taken antibiotics that weren’t needed is culpable. Maybe there’ll be some talk about the death of this shining young sportsman to make people realise that antibiotics are not Codrals, and that every person who wanted them and took them maybe contributed to his death, and the deaths of so many people who are dying of staph and other super bacterials.

Granny 11:18 pm 08 Apr 09

They just about have to hold me down and tranquilise me to give me antibiotics!

ant 11:04 pm 08 Apr 09

Qbn Gal said :

Farnarkler, blood infections are a fact of life in any hospital including that of the ACT. In fact you are more likely to pick up a seious antibiotic resistant strain of infection in a hospital than out of it. It’s a fact of life now, given that so many of us have gone to doctors demanding antibiotics for minor infections ( including viral for which they have no effect) that would get better on their own. We have created this serious problem of antibiotic resistant bugs for ourselves and then complain when Doctors can’t cure us.

spot on, Qbn Gal. Why don’t the idiots get this? It’s repeated again and again, and yet every second person you talk to went to the doctor and demanded antibiotics for their “flu”.

To get an epipen you have to wade through blood (and so does your doctor, if tough enough to undertake the task, it’s not easy). Yet every medico is scribbling out scripts for Augmentin, helping those superbugs to develop.

People are so stupid.

vg 9:57 pm 08 Apr 09

Mr. Evil

Head

Ass

Remove

You have no idea exactly what happened. I won’t dignify this shite any further

RIP, thats all that matters. Your opinion on it is not something we’re keen to hear

farnarkler 9:36 pm 08 Apr 09

Qbn gal my point was that Shawn suffered a double whammy and I was trying to get that across to Spam Box re his/her comment at #56.

Genie 9:24 pm 08 Apr 09

Mr Evil –

Exactly you don’t know what happened.. So please get off your high horse and enough with the slander!

Fatigue and Alcohol played no part in the accident on Shawn’s side. It was simply a freak accident, he was crossing the road and struck by a speeding car with no lights on.
Its a tragic event and I wish everyone could just respect that its a little too soon to be passing judgement.

Mr Evil 11:48 am 08 Apr 09

vg said :

Mr Evil said :

I hope that as a result of this unfortunate incident, the Brumbies are going to reassess how desirable it is to have their players out clubbing until the wee hours of the morning?

Yes, they should be imprisoned for the whole season, only allowed out to train and play.

Accidents happen everywhere dopey

Yep, accidents do happen everywhere: but accidents and incidents of this nature seem to befall a lot of sportsmen when they are either fatigued and/or under the influence of alcohol in the early hours of the morning.

Of course, I don’t know what happen in this case, and whether fatigue or alcohol played a part – but you’d think that from the number of incidents that have occurred recently involving rugby union, league and AFL players after they’ve been out all night, I would have thought that Brumbies management would have thought it was in their players best interests to not be out clubbing all night long.

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