December 4, 2021


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Parents' grief over young star's final moments

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The parents of late Manly young gun Keith Titmuss have opened up on their grief...

The parents of late Manly young gun Keith Titmuss have opened up on their grief after not being given the chance to say goodbye to their son before he was pronounced dead.

Titmuss, 20, died last November after collapsing at the end of a Manly training session.

The young forward's death rocked Manly and the wider NRL community, with players from the Sea Eagles even given time off at the time to mourn the loss of their teammate.

Nearly fourth months since the passing of Titmus, who was Manly's Jersey Flegg Cup Players' Player in 2019, his parents say they're still confused as to why they couldn't say goodbye to their son before he passed away, with the assumption the hospital turned off the life support.

"Why didn't they give us the opportunity to say goodbye to him while he was still alive?" Keith's mother Lafo asked the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Who made the decision to turn the life support machine off without consulting or asking Paul [Keith's father] and I?"

Keith's father added: "My understanding was he was still alive when we got there. I understand that they needed to work on him and I'm not too sure what happened surrounding them having to turn the machine off, but I just wish we could have seen him before he had passed, that's all."

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, sources claim Titmuss died prior to life support being applied and not after the machine was turned off.

Titmuss was first taken to Northern Beaches Hospital before he later died at Royal North Shore Hospital.

It's understood doctors worked for hours trying to try to resuscitate Titmuss but were unsuccessful at getting his blood to circulate.

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