Terrible news, condolences to his family.Brumbies lock dies after accident
ACT Brumbies lock Shawn Mackay has died from a heart attack a week after he was hit by a car in Durban, South Africa.
Mackay, 26, suffered a cervical spinal fracture dislocation, a fractured skull, a broken leg and multiple facial fractures early on 29 March.
"After his surgery, Shawn contracted an infection in his bloodstream," said Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan.
"Shawn deteriorated rapidly and suffered a cardiac arrest from which he didn't recover."
Fagan said Mackay had shown some initial positive signs after being brought out of a medically induced coma late last week, but picked up an infection several days ago which was being treated with antibiotics.
"However, those antibiotics were failing to do the job and the doctors were unable to identify the source of the infection," he explained, adding that it led to a rapid deterioration of Mackay's condition in the last 12 hours.
"It's been a shock. It's devastating news for his family and for all of the Brumbies community," Fagan said. "Our thoughts and those of the players are with his family at this most difficult time."
Mackay was admitted to St Augustine's hospital after being struck by the vehicle at about 0415 local time. He and a number of other Brumbies were leaving a nightclub following their Super 14 defeat by the Sharks the previous evening.
The Brumbies had signed Mackay, a former Australian sevens captain, to a one-year rookie contract for the 2009 season.
The backrower had six state caps for the New South Wales Waratahs and had been a member of the Australian sevens side since 2004.
He also spent five years with the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League.
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