Air ambulance attends incident at Old Albanians

Rugby player recovering at home after injuring neck in St Albans

A TEENAGE rugby player is recovering after suffering a suspected neck injury during a game at Old Albanians (OA) on Sunday, November 6.

A helicopter carrying members of specialist medical response team, Magpas Helimedix, was deployed to the Woollams playing fields on Harpenden Road following the incident.

An on-site club physiotherapist, Chris Tyler, looked after the Hertford under-14 player until paramedics arrived.

East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson said that paramedics from St Albans attended the teenager after being alerted at 11.49am to a report of the 14-year-old boy sustaining a suspected neck injury.

The Helimedix team was called upon to help the land crew treat and stabilise the rugby player, who was then taken by land ambulance to Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Chris Branagan, chairman of OA juniors, said he had spoken to the boy’s father, who said his son had been discharged on Sunday to recuperate at home, as while X-rays of his neck showed there had been no bone damage, he had strained his neck.