Mathew Hayden suffers ghastly accident while surfing
Queensland: Former Australia opener Mathew Hayden suffered a terrible accident while surfing with his son on Stradbroke Island in Queensland. The 46-year old admitted he’s lucky to have survived and that he had "dodged a bullet" after he sustained spine fracture, neck and facial injuries.
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Hayden took to instagram and posted a couple of photos of his battered face. 'Took on Straddie back bank yesterday with @josh_hayden28 and lost!!! Game over for a few days'.
Hayden fractured the C6 vertebrae in his spine and also tore the C5 and C4 ligaments in his neck, as well as suffered a bloodied forehead. Also Read: Chris Gayle smashes century before retirement 'Ok. Last attention seeking post I promise. Just wanted to say a big thank you to all our mates on Straddie who have been so supportive. Especially Ben & Sue Kelley for the fast diagnosis with MRI, CT scan. Fractured C6, torn C5,C4 ligaments safe to say I truly have dodged a bullet. Thank you everyone. On the road to recovery'
Reflecting on the ghastly incident, Hayden said: "It was an hour into the session and we had had half dozen waves together and I got this one right-handed wave which I sort of ducked under and that is pretty much all I can remember. I wasn't knocked out. I was speared into the top of the sandbank onto the top of my head. Then it twisted my head with my own weight and the weight of the wave. I heard this god almighty click in my neck. I did not get knocked out but I sort of came to and rolled up on my back."
In 1999, Hayden and fellow Test cricketer Andrew Symonds and another friend endured another water-based ordeal in Moreton Bay when their fishing boat sunk, with the three battling currents and fatigue to swim more than a kilometre back to shore.
One of the greatest openers of all time, Hayden has played 103 Tests and 161 ODIs for Australia between 1994 and 2008, scoring just over 15,000 runs.