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Promising young footy player, 16, fights for life in a coma after alleged ‘hit-and-run crash’

‘Super dangerous situation’: Promising young footy player, 16, fights for life in a coma after ‘hit-and-run crash’ – as his devastated family describe the agonizing ‘waiting game’

  • Teenager has been in an induced coma for over a week after alleged hit and run 
  • Preston Potter was crossing a road in QLD last Thursday when he was struck
  • Police allege that the male driver didn’t pull over to help the injured teenager
  • Doctors planned to wake him from his coma but couldn’t due to brain swelling 

A 16-year-old boy has been fighting for life in a coma for more than a week after an alleged hit and run. 

Preston Potter suffered head injuries when a car hit him while crossing a road with friends in Burleigh Waters, on the Gold Coast, last Thursday night. 

Doctors were planning to wake Preston up from his induced coma, but swelling on the brain caused a ‘super dangerous situation,’ according to his father Gavin Potter. 

A 16-year-old boy has been fighting for life in a coma for more than a week after an alleged hit and run. Preston’s rugby league team, the Parkwood Sharks, have been wearing arm bands with his name written on them to show support

Police say the male driver behind the wheel didn’t stop to help, but they have spoken to a 44-year-old man following the incident and no charges were made, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported. 

Mr Potter took to Facebook on Wednesday to tell family and friends that Preston had undergone a ‘very delicate brain procedure’. 

‘We had an agonising day but an amazing win today with the incredible team at the Gold Coast hospital ICU and specialty Doctors and nurses temporarily correcting a very unique and super dangerous situation in his head,’ he wrote. 

Mr Potter went on to say the family are happy that Preston, a promising young football player, responded to the treatment so far. 

Preston’s under-16s rugby league team, the Parkwood Sharks, have been wearing arm bands with his name written on them to show support for their beloved teammate. 

‘Be very proud of such a young group of people displaying love for one of their fellow brothers,’ Mr Potter thanked his fellow rugby players for their solidarity. 

'Be very proud of such a young group of people displaying love for one of their fellow brothers,' Mr Potter thanked his fellow rugby players for their solidarity, as Preston remains in a critical condition

‘Be very proud of such a young group of people displaying love for one of their fellow brothers,’ Mr Potter thanked his fellow rugby players for their solidarity, as Preston remains in a critical condition 

‘Preston and his family very much remain part of the Sharkies family, and we’re all banding together to support them through this extremely difficult time,’ a club spokesman told the Gold Coast Bulletin. 

Mr Potter said the family have ‘grave concerns’ over the blood flow to their son’s brain following the swelling. 

Him and his wife Shona are waiting it out, while ‘scared and anxious’ for their son’s life.

Doctors at Gold Coast University Hospital (pictured) were planning to wake Preston up from his induced coma, but swelling on the brain caused a 'super dangerous situation

Doctors at Gold Coast University Hospital (pictured) were planning to wake Preston up from his induced coma, but swelling on the brain caused a ‘super dangerous situation

Mr Potter said Preston making a small cough or a tear drop brought them hope. 

‘(It) made us all so happy to have known he is with us — so heartwarming and a small win,’ he said in a Facebook post.  

In just three days, more than $8,000 has been raised on a Go Fund Me set up for Preston’s medical bills. 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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