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Thursday, 13 June 2019

How 'life threatening' injury trapped Cowboys star


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North Queensland Cowboys star Justin O'Neill's ruptured spleen injury has been described as "life-threatening" after he only recently left Canberra.

O'Neill sustained the injury in the Cowboys' 22-16 win over the Raiders on May 25, but was unable to leave Canberra for weeks following surgery.

Speaking to Macquarie Sports Radio, Cowboys assistant coach David Fairleigh shared the gruesome details of the 28-year-old's injury ordeal.

"Justin had a really severe spleen laceration, he came home from the game and wasn’t feeling that great and went to bed, luckily his roommate Kyle Feldt found him as he wasn’t well, passing in and out of consciousness," he said.

Justin O'Neill

"He was rushed to Canberra hospital where they did immediate surgery to stop the bleeding, there’s a special procedure where they clog the hole and you have to lay there still for 7 days to give it time to heal.

"It was a very, very serious injury, and without sounding too dramatic, it was life-threatening.

"Everyone felt really bad, we all saw the ambulance turn up at the hotel, it’s one of your teammates and you don’t know what to think.

"Luckily we got good news, he got good treatment and he’s doing well, I think he only left Canberra yesterday."

Following the injury, which the Cowboys believe occurred when he scored a try, O'Neill has been sidelined for an indefinite period.

North Queensland Cowboys star Justin O'Neill's ruptured spleen injury has been described as "life-threatening" after he only recently left Canberra.

O'Neill sustained the injury in the Cowboys' 22-16 win over the Raiders on May 25, but was unable to leave Canberra for weeks following surgery.

Speaking to Macquarie Sports Radio, Cowboys assistant coach David Fairleigh shared the gruesome details of the 28-year-old's injury ordeal.

"Justin had a really severe spleen laceration, he came home from the game and wasn’t feeling that great and went to bed, luckily his roommate Kyle Feldt found him as he wasn’t well, passing in and out of consciousness," he said.

Justin O'Neill

"He was rushed to Canberra hospital where they did immediate surgery to stop the bleeding, there’s a special procedure where they clog the hole and you have to lay there still for 7 days to give it time to heal.

"It was a very, very serious injury, and without sounding too dramatic, it was life-threatening.

"Everyone felt really bad, we all saw the ambulance turn up at the hotel, it’s one of your teammates and you don’t know what to think.

"Luckily we got good news, he got good treatment and he’s doing well, I think he only left Canberra yesterday."

Following the injury, which the Cowboys believe occurred when he scored a try, O'Neill has been sidelined for an indefinite period.

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