The wife of Footy star reveals that he almost died after playing after a potentially fatal injury that saw him lose two-thirds of his blood
- Justin O & # 39; Neill suffered a ruptured spleen during a rugby game in May
- His wife Chantelle revealed that if he wasn't physically fit, he could have died
- O & # 39; Neill underwent three blood transfusion operations and two operations
The wife of an NRL star has revealed the terrifying moment that her husband almost died after a field wound.
Justin O & # 39; Neill played for the North Queensland Cowboys in Canberra in May when he sustained two broken ribs that pierced his spleen, resulting in internal bleeding.
The Maroon's star lost two-thirds of his blood after he had fully played the game with his wife Chantelle who spent two months at his bedside as he recovered from the life-threatening injury.
Justin O & # 39; Neill (pictured with wife Chantelle) played for the North Queensland Cowboys in Canberra in May when he suffered a ruptured spleen
The 28-year-old player was taken to the hospital the morning after the game, after a teammate noticed that he was in and out of consciousness.
& # 39; Definitely it was life threatening if you lose so much blood, & # 39; Chantelle said Courier Mail.
Mrs. O & # 39; Neill stayed in Melbourne with their two daughters when they were the & # 39; terrible & # 39; received a call that her husband had been taken to the hospital.
& # 39; We knew something was terribly wrong, I just wasn't sure what, & # 39; she said.
Mrs. O & # 39; Neill flew to Canberra that day after terrifying reports from her husband who feared he would die.
O & # 39; Neill underwent three blood transfusion operations after losing two-thirds of his blood after the horror injury (photo)
& # 39; He texted me all night, he even sent me a text with the text & # 39; I feel like I'm dying & # 39;. & # 39;
O & # 39; Neill was immediately operated on to repair his spleen, along with three blood transfusions.
He was placed in intensive care for four days before being moved to the acute surgery department for another two.
The couple were told by doctors that O & Neill had not been so physically fit or had such a strong heart that he could have died.
Chantelle O & # 39; Neill (pictured with Justin) spent two months at her husband's bedside to make him healthy again
Mrs. O & # 39; Neill described the enormous amount of stress that followed her husband's surgery.
She stayed in the hospital every night until 1:00 am with O&N Neill before going home to her one-year-old and newborn.
A month later, O & Neill underwent another surgery and spent six days in the hospital after doctors discovered that he had a twisted gut from the solid blood that had accumulated in his stomach.
Two months after the horrific ordeal, O & Neill had lost 10 pounds but could practice again.
O & # 39; Neill was told that if he had not been physically fit or had such a strong heart, he could have died
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