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Rugby player died month after tackle


Sarah Chesters

Sarah Chesters

Sarah Chesters

A leading young rugby player died from brain injuries she sustained more than a month after she was injured in a tackle during a game, an inquest has revealed.

Sarah Chesters (23) was playing for her ladies' rugby team, Longton RUFC, on October 19 last year when she was tackled to the ground by an opposition player.

The 5ft 2in full-back complained of a painful collarbone, but managed to walk off the pitch and declined an offer of an ambulance or hospital treatment. However the Masters' degree graduate took a turn for the worse after she started getting sick and feeling dizzy on November 13. She had suffered a stroke.

Her conditioned rapidly worsened and she passed away on November 21 after coming off a life-support machine.

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