A young Newcastle West camogie player is expected to “make a full recovery” after collapsing five minutes into the second half of yesterday’s junior county final.
Yesterday’s Limerick Junior Camogie Final between Newcastle West and Tournafulla was abandoned after the player collapsed early in the second half.
A defibrillator was used on the pitch in Coolyroe, which is the home of Feohanagh-Castlemahon GAA club, and the player was attended to by a doctor and two nurses who were at the match before being airlifted to the University Hospital Limerick.
“We are very conscious of having a defibrillator because we lost a player a few years ago who died of a heart attack and there wasn’t a defibrillator here at the time, so that is very much in our minds.” said Frank Reidy, the secretary of Feohanagh-Castlemahon GAA club.
According to The Limerick County Camogie Board, the player is expected to “make a full recovery”.
“We understand that the player is expected to make a full recovery. Limerick Camogie would like to wish the player a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with her and her family, friends and teammates,” said Kevin Holmes, P.R.O. for the Limerick County Camogie Board.
“We would also like to acknowledge those who helped on the scene including members of the Tournafulla team who made an important impact in the first critical minutes.” added Holmes.
“This incident highlights the importance of having this equipment available as widely as possible.” Holmes said.
“We would like to commend the actions of all who came to the assistance of the player both before and after the arrival of the air ambulance.” added the Limerick Camogie P.R.O.
Newcastle West Camogie Club has also stated that “Our player is recovering well in hospital. Sending all our love to her and family.”