James Ackerman, one of the toughest players in the Intrust Super Cup, died in hospital two days after being seriously injured. The Sunshine Coast Rugby League player has donated his organs, said his brother.
The 25-year-old who suffered a head injury in a tackle just five minutes into the game against the Norths Devils during a Queensland Cup match at Bishop Park in Nundah, in Brisbane’s north, on Saturday, June 20, reports ABC. James was playing as a forward for the Sunshine Coast Falcons during the match. The game was called off as Ackerman was very serious even after half an hour treatment. Realizing his serious condition, the match officials rushed to hospital.
Queensland Rugby League (QRL) announced the death of the injured player in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on Monday, June 22.
Tom, James’ brother, told on social media that his brother’s death would not be in vain. He wrote on the Support for Ackers #8 Facebook page.
“I would just like to let everyone know, James donated organs so that others could survive,” Tom wrote.
He also added that the amazing thing was that they could not find a suitable match anywhere in Australia for Ackerman’s lungs as they were too big.
He further said that he is very proud of his brother’s achievements that were made in a short life span. He also added, “it’s an honour to call him my brother.”
When questions were raised over game’s safety after this incident, a leading expert said that contact sports are always dangerous, and that steps could be taken to make them safer.
The Sunshine Coast Falcons player Ackerman is the father of two very young children, Milly and Ollie.
BBC reported that a minute’s silence was held for Ackerman before Monday’s NRL game between St George-Illawarra Dragons and Sydney Roosters.
James Ackerman lived for rugby league, and he was one of the toughest players. RIP Ackerman.
Photo Source: Facebook/ James Ackerman