The Hush Post | 21:59pm | 1-minute read
Former Australia cricketer Matthew Hayden said on Monday that he had “dodged a bullet” after suffering head and neck injuries. He also had spine fracture, while surfing during a holiday in Queensland.
The incident occurred, when 46-year-old Hayden was surfing with his son Josh off North Stradbroke Island on Friday. Former Australian opening batsman Hayden, fractured his spine near the base of his neck, tore several ligaments. He also hurt his forehead after being dumped into a sandbank.
He retired from international cricket in 2009 after a 103-Test career, said that he was “bloody lucky” to escape serious injury.
The cricketer said he had an MRI and CT scan and was “on the road to recovery”.
“Fractured C6, torn C5, C4 ligaments safe to say I truly have dodged a bullet,” Hayden wrote in an Instagram post beside a photo of his battered face.
“Thank you every one. On the road to recovery.”
He told the media on Monday, “It was an hour into the session and we had had half-a-dozen waves together. I got this one right-handed wave which I sort of ducked under and that is pretty much all I can remember,”.
He further added that “I wasn’t knocked out. I was speared into the top of the sandbank onto the top of my head. Then it twisted my head with my own weight and the weight of the wave.
“I heard this god almighty click in my neck. I did not get knocked out but I sort of came to and rolled up on my back.”
Hayden said he was able to get back onto the beach. But after the scans, he found the extent of his injuries.
Hayden said he would return to surfing, adding: “The ocean gives and the ocean takes — I will be back”.