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Sarah Chesters Young rugby player who died a month after suffering injury from a game

Sarah probably suffered the injury from a tackle while playing for her ladies' rugby team, Longton RUFC in October 19, 2014

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An inquest has revealed that a young British rugby player Sarah Chesters died from brain injuries sustained from a game a month later.

Sarah was playing for her ladies' rugby team, Longton RUFC in October 19, 2014 when an opposition player bundled her to the ground.

The 23-year-old complained of pain on her collarbone but shook it off after refusing hospital treatement.

It was normality for Sarah for weeks before she began to feel sick a month later. After collapsing, she was rushed to Royal Stoke Hospital where scan show that she had suffered stroke.

She was placed on life support after her conditions worsened before passing away on November 21.

Before her death, Sarah was working as a research intern with Women in Sport in London and is also a Masters' degree graduate.

On Monday, August 17, an inquest at the North Staffordshire Coroners Court heard that Sarah died from brain injuries which were probably triggered by the tackle she received from that game.

"She was tackled, she went down. When the injury occurred is not totally clear," North Staffordshire Coroner Ian Smith said.

"It may have been the result of the initial impact or the result of hitting the deck."

A neurosurgeon Simon Shaw told the inquest that Sarah's eventual death was caused by multiple brain infarctions.

But the 'likelihood' was the initial trigger had been blunt trauma to the side of the neck in the rugby tackle one month earlier.

This court heard this, in turn, had caused damage to an artery, with a blood clot then leading to the stroke.

A teammate described the moment the late Sarah went down following a challenge from an opposition player.

"I didn't see it, but I believe she was tackled by a much bigger person. It was just a tackle, nothing malicious or heated," Sarah's pal Lesley Thompson who was playing alongside her in the game said.

"She was lying flat on the floor, holding her right collarbone."

Speaking on Sarah's tragic passing, Longton RUFC club manager said: "Sarah was a valued member of our club both as a player and as a person.

"We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of her death.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to her friends and family."

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