Richmond youngster Jack Higgins’ brain bleed caused by ‘abnormality’

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has said Jack Higgins will leave hospital on Thursday and revealed the young forward’s brain bleed was a result of an “abnormality” he’s had since birth, not from head trauma.

The 20-year-old won’t play football for the rest of the year after he was hospitalised on Tuesday night following headaches that began after his VFL match on Sunday.

While the doctors examined the number of head knocks the player sustained during his career, Hardwick said the player’s neurosurgeon confirmed the brain bleed had no relation to head knocks.

Hardwick admitted he was not a “medico by nature”, but said Higgins’ condition made him susceptible to brain bleeds between the age of 10 and 30.


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