"GET me out of hospital, I hate this place!"
According to dad Tony Bowers, these were the first words of Lockyer Valley Aussie Rules player Tarryn Bowers to his mum after waking up in hospital this week.
"He's got his humour there someplace," Mr Bowers said.
Tarryn Bowers suffered a serious injury during the second quarter of a match between the Lockyer Valley Demons and Goondiwindi Hawks at Pittsworth Oval on Sunday.
Tarryn collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest. He was given CPR at the scene and was later airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital where he was placed into an induced coma.
Speaking at a press conference at AFL headquarters in Brisbane yesterday, Tony Bowers said his son had now woken from his coma and was in a stable condition.
"He is responsive and reactive and, all going well, will leave the intensive care unit shortly," he said.
"We are awaiting further tests, though Doctors have advised that Tarryn will require a pacemaker to be fitted to him."
Mr Bowers, who was also playing for the Demons on the day, admitted the emotion of events had gotten the better of him.
"I'm a big man and don't like to cry but it gets a bit teary when it is your own son," he said.
He said his son had no memory of the incident.
"There's a bit of memory loss when you talk to him, you've got to repeat some things, hopefully that's not long term," he said.
Mr Bowers refused to be drawn on whether the incident could have been avoided or whether the tackle was dangerous.
"Incidents and accidents do happen," he said.
"With all sports there are concerns but I'm happy that people are going to back us up and do everything in their power to help us."
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