St Helens’ Jonny Lomax on the skull fracture that left him with ’50-50′ chance of survival
For St Helens Jonny Lomax will line up on Saturday night as they Choose on the Sydney Roosters live on Sky Sports Action.
It is the latest instalment in what’s become a glittering career this past year for your player tipped to be crowned Man of Steel.
The 29-year-old with all the most famous headgear from the match told Sky Sports’ Golden Point podcast this week a head clash in a match for a teenager cost him more than his career. . .
“At the time once I awakened heads, I thought I had a little concussion. I was pretty ill after the sport – a couple bits of vomiting – and missed the next day of school. I fought with a hassle and moved back to school on the Friday.
“I had a hassle Saturday and a hassle on Sunday. I had a bit of an argument with my mom and dad because I wanted to go to the cinema with some of my amateur mates to watch a movie. My mom being a nurse was happy with how I was presenting signs.
“She said I wasn’t planning, and low and behold about half of an hour later I found myself at excruciating pain with a hassle. I set my head because it felt like it was on fire.
“I dropped using my legs a bit, and so I sat down and place a wet towel in my head. From there it became a small blur. I recall then and being taken down the stairs by my father coming into and out of consciousness on the sofa.
“The last thing I recall was projectile vomiting all over the aisle. From there it was a blue-light ambulance to Whiston Hospital. My mom told the registrar the narrative , they did a CT scan and that I had been taken around to Alder Hey for essentially open-skull operation.
“It turned out that when I had clashed heads I’d fractured my skull. Shattered that had begun bleeding and that had severed one of their arteries where the skull’d.
“A slow bleed is regarded as 24 to 48 hours. For myself it was really five days that it had gone on for, so it was quite a significant bleed by the time that I went in.”
“I discovered this past year with it being my response that when I went to the operation the surgeon actually came out and spoke to my mum and dad and said,’He’s 50-50 and we don’t know what quality of life he will have when he gets it through’.
“My dad said seven and half a week wrapped around and they hadn’t heard anything, or so the nurse moved in and the nurse got told to get out from the surgeon. Approximately nine and a half an hour after the surgeon came out and said,’The surgery went well and it’s just a matter of seeing how he progresses’.
“If the surgeon stated my mum and dad could move in – I’d spewed up all over themthey’d been sitting in a waiting room for eight and a half a week.
“If they arrived at they attempted to bring me around and I had rather a major fit on the bed, and it’s something which I know certainly frightened my dad. Again, this is something I got told last calendar year. However, my mum turned into my dad and said,’it is a positive sign, it means it seems like he is going to have some motion, so we take that as a confident’.
“I was set back to sleep probably another 3 days or four times rolled about when I had been attracted to.”
“What helped me at the rehab was I didn’t understand what had occurred; all of the details which are rather scary missed me and it had been my loved ones which had to undergo that and absorb it.
“The surgeon initially said that I wouldn’t play , so me being 14 years old I simply sulked in the mattress and didn’t actually talk . Eventually him broke down and he said it’ll be two to three years and that I thought’At least we’re getting now, I have a chance of playing ‘.
“With routine routine check-ups I ended up getting back in 10 weeks’ time.
“There were a few setbacks along the way. They did not understand how I’d react and was my own memory.
“When I got out of the hospital after fourteen days I went home and the next day we needed to go back into hospital because I didn’t understand where I had awakened. I didn’t understand I had been at home, therefore we needed to return to the hospital for one more week”
“To be honest to my mom and dad, they didn’t really attempt to talk me from [returning to the league] whatsoever.
“It was hard for my mom. It was difficult for my father but with my mom becoming a nurse she had a understanding of exactly what was happening.
“So concerning returning to this, they knew my enthusiasm to play and with how I improved it was something that they were quite pleased to see how things went.
“I know they were definitely worried when I went back playing and were definitely perturbed about it, but the funny thing is now it is most likely one of the things which they’re least worried about due to the knee injuries that I’ve had it’s something that’s been pushed into the rear – in the past.
“It’s something which I am hugely thankful for now that they allow me to continue playing. However, it’s something which I am also sorry for too; placing them through that and with no actual comprehension and being narrow minded and nearly selfish when I was 14 years old because I had been determined, thinking’I’m going back playing, I am not really bothered what anybody says’. Not understanding the repercussions of what might have been.
“Now, being a parent and with people that are dependent on you, you’d be in a completely different mindset, and using that knowledge of it is quite frightening today.
“In regard to the headgear, if the surgeon that is managed to do the task that he did states I want to use the headguard again to play the game, that is something that I am definitely going to perform.”