James Ackerman: Sunshine Coast rugby league player remains in intensive care after tackle injury
Jun
22
2015

A Queensland Cup rugby league player remains in a critical condition and fighting for his life in hospital after he was injured in a game on Brisbane's north side at the weekend.

Sunshine Coast Falcons forward James Ackerman, 25, has not regained consciousness since he was tackled at Bishop Park at Nundah in Brisbane's north on Saturday.

The incident happened just five minutes into the Falcons' game against the Norths Devils.

A duty doctor and first aid staff treated him on the field for more than half an hour.

Realising it was serious, match officials called off the game.

The father of two was rushed to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Mr Ackerman's family have been by his side and his teammates have been travelling to the hospital, many from the Sunshine Coast, in support.

NRL welfare officers are counselling players, coaches and referees involved in the match.

The Queensland Rugby League has issued a statement saying the thoughts and prayers of the entire rugby league fraternity are with James and his family.

About 6,000 people have visited a specially created page on Facebook, Support for Ackers #8.

The page has been inundated with messages of support.

"All I thoughts are with you. Please know that you have the whole rugby league community behind you. Thinking of your family also. You are all in our prayers," one person wrote.

"I've been following Falcons since I moved to Brisbane last year. Love watching you play with strength and passion. Hoping for the best from this difficult time. My thoughts go out to family and friends," another wrote.

"You are a champion bloke and a champion fighter — see you soon mate," another said.

James Ackerman with his two children

Courtesy of Francis Tapim and staff of ABC News

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