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Graduation bittersweet for family of paralysed rugby player - 22 May 2006 - National News
David, 20, was visited on Saturday by All Blacks coach Graham Henry, who took him a card signed by the All Blacks.
Mr Thorne said rugby players and friends from all over the South Island had visited David
Mr Wagner, playing at centre, was behind David Thorne
, playing at fullback, when an opposing Huia Club
member tackled from behind.
It's a bit like whiplash and hitting the ground all in one motion. [David] hit the ground with a big thump.He
jumped back up, though." Morale in the team had taken a hit since the incident, with at least one player unsure if he
wanted to go on playing.
Former All Black's son lies mute and partly paralysed - 11 May 2006 - Sport
David Thorne (left) and Grahame ThorneDavid Thorne (left) and Grahame Thorne
can't talk and you don't know if he
can actually understand you," a sobbing Thorne
told the Herald.
"We have lost a son - in the sense of David
.Like, we will never have David
again." David Thorne, 20, was playing fullback for Nelson's Waimea under-21 team and was diving for the tryline when he was reportedly driven head-first into the ground in a heavy tackle from behind by a player from the opposing Huia club.
Grahame Thorne believes this tackle led to his
son's life-threatening condition, but the Huia club deny it was dangerous and believe it is unclear what caused the injury. David Thorne
continued playing after the tackle, but his
condition deteriorated rapidly after the match.While being x-rayed at Nelson Hospital
had the stroke.He
was flown to Christchurch Hospital
on Sunday amid fears the highly rated young player could die.
mentioned after the game that he
had temporarily lost feeling in his
arms and legs after being tackled.Urged to go to hospital by his
went with his
father and waited about 2 hours for attention.
was having an x-ray and he
collapsed and had a seizure, which turned out to be a stroke."
An artery in his
neck had started to squeeze up like a "tube of toothpaste". Huia rugby club president Bill Coppins said the team David Thorne played against was "very clean".
...David Thorne attended the International Rugby Academy's high performance players course in Palmerston North in 2003.