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Wife’s plea after footy dad suffers traumatic brain injury

Steve Mills
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There are calls for helmets to be made mandatory for all levels of  football, after a Melbourne man suffered a severe brain trauma from a head knock during a game.

28-year-old father Daniel Langborne was playing football for his local footy team in July when the accident happened.

His partner Chelsea Lionello said it was “absolutely terrifying”.

“He went in to mark the ball and copped an elbow to the temple, which knocked him unconscious,” she told Millsy.

“He didn’t regain consciousness on the footy field.

“The ambulances came and the MICA response team rushed him to the Royal Melbourne emergency where they induced a coma and put him on life-support for five days.”

He has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic amnesia and remains in hospital.

Ms Lionello is now calling for helmets to be made mandatory in football games.

“I think it should be mandatory on all levels of AFL.

“If our big guys on TV were wearing them then maybe it could help protect our local footy clubs.”

An Go Fund Me page has been set up to support the family during Daniel’s recovery.

Press PLAY to hear their heartbreaking story in full 

(Photo: iStock by Getty Images.) 

Steve Mills
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