Andrew Fifita’s on-field brush with death sees him only gets one good night’s sleep a MONTH
NRL star Andrew Fifita’s brush with death on the pitch that left him in a coma has given him nightmares so bad he only gets a good night’s sleep a MONTH.
- Sharks prop Andrew Fifita was injured in an inning in an NRL game last August
- Fifita, 32, was placed in an induced coma after suffering a laryngeal fracture
- Since he made a full recovery, but he has nightmares after the incident.
- The veteran will score his 200th appearance for Cronulla on Saturday night
Andrew Fifita knows he cheated death after a serious blow on the field last August, and the scars still remain.
The Cronulla prop, 32, continues to be haunted by a throat injury, with nightmares more common than a good night’s sleep.
Fifita’s horrific injury in a match against Newcastle at Redcliffe left him in a coma for five days, with blood flooding his lungs.
The 2016 premiership winner was rushed to the intensive care unit of a Brisbane hospital with a broken larynx, with many fearing the worst.
Speaking ahead of his 200th NRL appearance for the Sharks on Saturday night, Fifita revealed that he learned to walk and run again, overcoming a bout of pneumonia to get back to what he does best: play football.
‘I’m still working on myself. The nightmares are real’, the prop man told the Sydney Morning Herald.
NRL star Andrew Fifita (pictured with his wife and children) cheated death following a serious blow on the pitch last August, and the mental scars still remain.
Fifita’s horrific throat injury in an NRL match against Newcastle at Redcliffe left him in a five-day induced coma, with blood flooding his lungs.
“Throughout a one-month cycle, you might have a good dream… the rest are all nightmares.”
Not long after her accident, Fifita developed a fear complex.
Uncertain times followed, with a psychologist showing the former Wests Tigers front row how to jump over mental barriers.
He admitted that he sometimes finds his situation “horrible”, but the support of family and friends has been invaluable.
The proud Wiradjuri man is also looking forward to celebrating the Indigenous Round this weekend, and is equally passionate about promoting the importance of mental health.
As a troubled teenager, Fifita came close to being jailed for theft offenses and wants to help young people in areas like Griffith and Leeton of NSW Riverina stay on the right track.
The 2016 presidential winner will celebrate 200 games with the Sharks on Saturday
Youth suicide is a huge problem in the region, with some children as young as 12 taking their own lives.
“It almost became a phase where people followed each other,” Fifita said.
‘It really hurts. It is difficult to express how great is the number of victims claimed in a rural city. I just want to tell these kids that there is always a way to get help.
Fifita has also battled her own demons when it comes to mental health.
In 2014, he nearly threw himself through a Gold Coast apartment window, only to be saved by his twin brother David.
Periods in rehab followed, and his message to those struggling was crystal clear: ask for help.
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