Majak Daw made a remarkable comeback to footy years after he nearly died after he dived off the Bolte bridge
Majak Daw’s remarkable comeback: AFL star who nearly died looting from a Melbourne bridge is set to return to the sport just a year later
- Majak Daw, AFL star from North Melbourne, is ready to go back to the highest level on Friday
- He and girlfriend Emily McKay welcomed their first child in Hendrix in 2019
- In December 2018, Daw suffered serious hip and pelvic injuries during a bridge fall
AFL star Majak Daw is about to make a remarkable comeback after a year after he nearly died when diving from a Melbourne bridge.
The 28-year-old was seriously injured in his hips and pelvis when he fell off the Bolte Bridge in December 2018, causing him to miss the entire 2019 season.
Daw returns to the top level at the Marvel Stadium on Friday evening when North Melbourne records St Kilda in the first round of the pre-season competition.
The Sudanese refugee managed to return to the VFL at the end of 2019 where he played four games.
“I am really proud and happy to say Maj will play tomorrow night and it will be an exciting time for him and his family and for the club,” confirmed North Melbourne coach, Rhyce Shaw, Friday.
North Melbourne defender Majak Daw and his girlfriend, Emily McKay, welcomed their first son Hendrix Kuat William Daw in August 2019
Daw will return to the highest level on Friday night at Marvel Stadium, confirmed the new North Melbourne Rhyce Shaw coach on Friday. (pictured Majak Daw and Emily McKay)
Daw and the team were preparing for his return match on Thursday
“It has been a long journey for him and he has really put his head down and held on to his task and has taught himself again about what it takes to be an AFL football player.”
The defender of North Melbourne and his girlfriend, Emily McKay, welcomed their first son Hendrix Kuat William Daw in August 2019.
Daw was the first Sudan-born player to play in the AFL when he made his debut with the Kangaroos in 2013.
He enjoyed an outbreak season in 2018 and played 18 games as a defender before being pulled out of the Yarra River on December 17 with injuries to his hips and pelvis.
Daw had reportedly fought with his partner and taken prescription drugs before driving to the Bolte Bridge in Melbourne and leaving his car in the roadway.
Allegedly he then dived into the Yarra River. It is believed that he also slept Stilnox at that time.
After the fall, Daw issued a statement thanking fans and members for their love and support.
‘The circumstances surrounding my incident have been extremely challenging for my family, friends and everyone who knows me, by the way.
‘I am making great progress with my recovery, both physically and mentally. I am blessed with a second chance at life.
Daw enjoyed an outbreak season in 2018 and played 18 games as a defender before being pulled out of the Yarra River on December 17 with injuries to his hips and pelvis.
‘My attitude and view of everything has improved. I hope to play in the blue and white stripes again soon.
“Thank you for respecting my need for privacy and for giving me the chance to get better in the future.”
He returned to training in April 2019 and ran on the training path while friends and family encouraged him in Arden Street Oval.
“It’s my first running session. I’m pretty excited, I’m not going to lie, “Daw told the club’s website back then.
“I’ve waited so long for this. Because of this I couldn’t sleep last night. “
The star defender remarkably returned to AFL in early July when he played about 20 minutes in the KFLaroos VFL collision with Sandringham at North Melbourne’s home base.
Daw, who now has two rods of 15 centimeters in each hip, revealed that walking would normally have been a difficult process during his recovery.
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Daw, who now has two rods of 15 centimeters in each hip, revealed that walking would normally have been a difficult process during his recovery