Teen recovering after tackle left him in coma

Tarryn Bowers.
Tarryn Bowers. Tom Threadingham

TARRYN Bowers is glad to be back around his Lockyer Valley team mates after the fight of his life.

The 19-year-old proudly walked out of hospital on Saturday following a stint in the cardiac ward and surgery to implant a defibrillator in his chest.

Bowers collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during an AFL Darling Downs game against Goondiwindi at Pittsworth on July 20 and was later airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital where he was placed into an induced coma.

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But now back on home turf, Bowers said he was unsure whether he would ever run on the field again.

"I'll just have to slowly get back into using my arm again, they don't want me to jump into any weights or anything because I can't risk moving (the defibrillator) and making it disconnect," he said.

"I'll still go with the team to games and be a part of it as much as I can. I'm not just going to drop it and not just go.

"I'm going to support them and let them know I'm still around."

One of the first things on Bowers' to-do list after getting out of hospital was to attend training.

"It's good to show everyone I'm there, I'm getting better, I'm out and on the road to recovery," he said.

The Demons host Toowoomba Tigers at Cahill Park on Saturday. As part of the day, teams will wear red arm bands in support of Bowers and the Heart Foundation.

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