After Post-game Symptoms Veteran of the NRL placed in induced coma, reveal important injury.
Physicians placed Andrew Fifita in the induced coma of Cronulla to Newcastle on Sunday to manage a significant laryngeal injury in the NRL loss 16-14.
After a gloom in the second half of the game at Redcliffe Fifita reported difficulty swallowing and had an upright voice.
Some 20 minutes after the end of the game, Fifita was taken from the cloakroom and examined on the field before he was hospitalized.
The Sharks confirmed the laryngeal injury to Fifita and received additional hospital treatment.
On Monday, the 32-year-old has since come in a stable state, but was put into an induced coma to help him breathe.
The severe swelling of his larynx led to the decision was understood.
Fifita may be woken on Monday night and may need surgery to threaten his career in the NRL.
Fifita's wife Nikki is in the hospital with the Sharks confirmed.
He was 32 years old and only 13 minutes later, after he had hit Kurt Mann's shoulder while he was hitting, he came off in the 39th minute for the head injury assessment.
At halftime he was cleared of head injury in the sheds, but in the 46th minute he was taken off again and didn't come back.
The Knights who left Sharks in 10th placed fighting to finish in three rounds followed a heartbreaking loss.
West Tigers, Brisbane and Melbourne face the Sharks, all three of them have to be guaranteed a place in the Top 8.
"We just have to face the same attitude next week... we're first-class," Coach Josh Hannay said after the game.
"They're Newcastle's good footy side."
We have a team of football patched up.
"It's got a lot to say about the right approach.
"We're going to add to our game some politics and finesse and these close losses are going to become wins."