Bathurst student in a coma after collapsing during Astley Cup game

CRITICAL BUT STABLE: Tyler Horton.

CRITICAL BUT STABLE: Tyler Horton.

A BATHURST High School student is in an induced coma in Westmead Hospital after he suffered a head injury in a rugby league game on Thursday. 

Year 11 student Tyler Horton was airlifted to Westmead Hospital after he collapsed on the sideline during the school’s Astley Cup tie against Dubbo College at Carrington Park.

Principal Geoff Hastings yesterday said the 16-year-old, who was the five-eighth for the match, collapsed after he was injured during a tackle in the second half.

“It was just an accident that happened when he went into the tackle,” he said. “After the tackle he walked off the field and collapsed on the sidelines.

“He didn't regain consciousness at the field.”

Ambulance NSW paramedics were called to the scene around 3:53pm. They assessed Tyler before he was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

A Westmead Hospital spokesperson said that Tyler was in a critical but stable condition yesterday. 

Mr Hastings said he had been in touch with Tyler’s parents who said the 16-year-old had been put in an induced coma, following an operation that  removed part of his skull. 

Mr Hastings said Tyler's family had commended the response of those at the game and expressed their thanks for messages of concern from the community. 

“The response of the school staff and medical personnel was outstanding,” Mr Hastings said. 

He noted that the tackle was no more than an unfortunate accident.

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