Five years ago, another family found themselves in an agonisingly similar predicament to that now being faced by Phillip Hughes's loved ones.
Ken McIlwain was watching the nightly news in 2011 when the story of the now notorious 'Skype affair' at the Australian Defence Force Academy broke.
Pakistan target a first innings 500-plus as NZ bowlers toil for little reward on the first day of the series-deciding test in Sharjah.
Paramedics took 15 minutes to reach Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday as he lay critically injured on the field, and it took two calls to triple-0 to get them there.
John Orchard is the reason Phillip Hughes is still fighting for his life.
Cricketer Phillip Hughes spent a second night in an induced coma while his family, doctors and Australia watch and wait as he battles for his life.
A timeline of the last two days since Phillip Hughes was
So it's big: weighing 27,500 tonnes and stretching 230 metres long and 32 metres wide. Bigger than four Olympic-sized swimming pools. Bigger than eight standard-sized blue whales, if they happened to be lined up on the flight deck head to fluke.
The government will "seriously" examine a call by an independent taskforce's for a royal commission into sexual assault and abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy, government sources say.
Nothing could have put the "seriousness" of Michael Clarke's hamstring strain more quickly into perspective. For by now we have all seen the footage, the stark images of what happened when a regulation bouncer hit Phillip Hughes below and behind the left ear on Tuesday afternoon, on an otherwise benign, sunny day at the SCG.