Boy in intensive care after school rugby incident
A SCRUM collapse in schoolboy rugby has forced Conor Tweedy, the 16-year-old son of a former Queensland Reds forward, into emergency spinal surgery.
The young prop remains in intensive care after two operations since the injury on the opening day of the GPS rugby season last Saturday.
The Year 11 student from St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace sustained neck damage when the scrum collapsed in his Second XV match against Brisbane Boys' College.
A doctor, watching from the sidelines, and school medical staff at BBC's Miskin Street home ground immediately identified it as a serious injury before an ambulance arrived.
Tweedy is the son of Sean Tweedy, a multiple premiership-winner at lock for the University club and a Queensland player in 1990.
Tweedy is a respected figure in the field of physical activity and disability for which he is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland.
The ambulance, under police escort, rushed the teenage footballer to Princess Alexandra Hospital last Saturday where he had his first surgery within hours of the game.
The concern from the whole Terrace community was expressed on the Brisbane private school's Facebook page.
"Conor Tweedy sustained a serious neck and spinal cord injury on Saturday," college principal Michael Carroll posted.
"I ask that you continue to keep Conor and the Tweedy family in your thoughts and prayers.
"The family are very appreciative of the extraordinary level of support they have experienced thus far."
Mr Carroll today confirmed Tweedy had undergone a second surgery on Sunday.
Mr Carroll said that the school was offering support to Tweedy's teammates.
"Conor is in the best hands...the medical response at the ground was excellent and he is with a superb medical team," Mr Carroll said.
"He is in the Intensive Care Unit for now and the college is offering every support needed to the boys in his team."