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Ex-Silver Fern's life support turned off

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/02/2017

Former Silver Fern Tania Dalton's life support has been turned off five days after she suffered a brain aneurysm during a social game of touch rugby.

The 45-year-old was admitted to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition after collapsing at the game in Takapuna last Thursday.

The family, who are by her side, says her life support was turned off at 1.26pm on Tuesday.

"It is expected that she will slip away when she is ready, anytime from now," the family said in a statement.

Test results revealed that the internal aneurysm she experienced had resulted in massive blood loss and ultimately loss of oxygen to the brain for an extended period.

"The damage has now been accepted as irreversible and so the family had no choice but to allow nature to take its course," the statement said.

A mother of three, Dalton played 37 Tests, mostly at goal shoot, across an 11-year international career which finished in 2007.

She was part of the 2003 world championship-winning team, and also in the side that finished runners-up four years earlier.

She also played for the Northern Force and the Southern Sting, helping the latter to three national titles.

After her retirement, she became a well-known television commentator.

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