Family of a talented teenage rugby league player has made the heartbreaking decision to switch off his life support.
The family have said “he loved football, his team, his friends, team mates and gave his best every time he played”.
9 News reports, Lui Polimeni, 15, collapsed on the field while playing for the Gundagai Tigers on Sunday, reportedly suffering massive stroke symptoms, and was airlifted to Canberra Hospital.
The Polimeni’s, who live in the village of Jugiong, decided on Wednesday to switch off his life support.
Family and friends are keeping a vigil at Lui’s bedside.
The club posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday that Lui “fought a great battle but was not able to recover”.
Lui will be remembered as a talented sportsperson, a great mate and a beloved son and brother, the club said.
He was a popular student at Murrumburrah Public School, where students are in mourning.
The school’s principal said the Year 10 boy was “adored and loved” and counselling has been offered to students.
Tributes are flooding in on social media to the young NRL player from friends and the local community.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Lui Polimeni from the Gundagai Tigers,” the Penrith Panthers tweeted.
Our deepest condolences to the family.
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