‘I heard my neck snap’

Jor­dan Da­ley de­fied the odds when he frac­tured a ver­te­brae dur­ing a rugby league game and is now on the road to re­cov­ery.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

A REG­U­LAR Satur­day footy game a cou­ple of weeks ago could have had tragic con­se­quences for St Clair’s Jor­dan Da­ley af­ter a tackle went hor­ri­bly wrong.

The St Clair Comets un­der-14/1 player, who was up against arch ri­vals St Marys at The Kingsway, re­calls what hap­pened.

“I was run­ning down the side­line and was tack­led around my legs; I fell on my bum but then another player came be­hind me and landed on my head,” Jor­dan, 13, said.

“I heard my neck snap and pushed him off and just laid there.”

Jor­dan’s mother Amanda Hampshire was on the side­lines.

“Ev­ery time your child gets tack­led you just wait for them to get up, but the boys who tack­led him called over the trainer so I knew he was hurt,” Ms Hampshire said.

“I ran out and Jor­dan said to me, ‘Mum, my neck snapped’. It was amaz­ing how calm I stayed, try­ing to tell him it would be OK. But on the in­side I was scream­ing.”

Jor­dan was taken by am­bu­lance to Ne­pean Hospi­tal where he was put in a full body brace for two days be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to The Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal at West­mead for an MRI scan.

Not only had Jor­dan frac­tured his C5 ver­te­brae, he had torn all the lig­a­ments in his neck.

Jor­dan said the first days in hospi­tal were dif­fi­cult.

“Be­ing in the brace was hor­ri­ble, I couldn’t move at all,” he said.

De­spite the sever­ity of her son’s in­juries, Ms Hampshire said the fam­ily was pos­i­tive due to all the com­mu­nity sup­port.

“I got a phone call from the mother of the boy who tack­led Jor­dan to ask how he was do­ing. She said her son was up­set about it all,” she said.

“Right from the start we were con­tacted by the St Marys side daily – they have just been phe­nom­e­nal.

“We have had mes­sages from ev­ery­one in the Pen­rith district. We just can’t thank peo­ple enough.”

St Clair Comets pres­i­dent Bill Borg said Jor­dan’s re­turn to the foot­ball field to cheer his mates on was en­courag- ing. “Jor­dan come back for the last game of the sea­son last week,” Mr Borg said. “Fun­nily enough, they hadn’t won all sea­son and they won their two games with Jor­dan cheer­ing them on.”

Jor­dan will spend the next few weeks in a neck brace but his road to re­cov­ery looks more pos­i­tive than most.

Doc­tors told the fam­ily there were not many peo­ple that walked again af­ter an in­jury such as Jor­dan’s.

Un­for­tu­nately Jor­dan’s story is not an un­com­mon one. NSW Am­bu­lance crews were called to 12 sports-re­lated in­juries from March to July in Syd­ney alone.

... it was amaz­ing how calm I stayed telling him it would be OK but on the in­side I was scream­ing AMANDA HAMPSHIRE

Jor­dan Da­ley at the Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, West­mead, and (in­set) with his St Clair Comets team­mates. In­set pic­ture: Justin San­son

Jor­dan Da­ley, 13, en­joys a laugh with his team­mates Josh Bonora, 14, Dy­lan Wearne, 13, Luke Lawrence, 14, and Michael Jabuka, 14, and (be­low) Jor­dan is an en­thu­si­as­tic spec­ta­tor on the side­lines. Pic­tures: Justin San­son

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