Thursday 22 March 2018

Sports-loving Benjamin slept in his kit night before fatal game

BENJAMIN Robinson'S mother tearfully told of how her sports-loving son slept in his rugby kit the night before the fateful match which cost him his life.

Karen Walton's overwhelming sense of loss was palpable following the Coroner's Court findings into the death from "second impact syndrome".

"I don't have my son back. I have an image of my 14-year-old son in his rugby kit the night before,"she said.

"He slept in his rugby kit because he didn't want to forget anything, and he didn't want to let anybody down," she said.

"He was the most loveable, loving, likeable, honest kid. He was just a 14-year-old kid who is missed every second of every day,'' she said.

On the day of the match, she watched in horror as Benjamin collapsed on the Carrickfergus pitch.

It emerged he suffered concussion just four minutes into the second half and was later involved in two other significant body-impact clashes.

In the final minutes of the game, he fell to the ground, unconscious. Despite the frantic efforts of a doctor who was a spectator – plus other medics at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast – he never regained consciousness.

There were harrowing scenes at the inquest when video footage of the game showed Benjamin clutching his head several times and his family believes he would be alive if taken off earlier.

They also want the most modern guidelines on concussion management introduced as standard.

His father Peter said: "There has to be something good to come out of this.''

Irish Independent

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