VFL player Sam O’Sullivan talks about the superbug that nearly killed him

Former football star Sam O’Sullivan spoke about a rare muscle-eating superbug that nearly killed him.

The former football star has revealed how he survived a carnivorous superbug that left him in a coma and saw him declared dead.

Former Port Melbourne VFL player Sam O’Sullivan shared his heartbreaking story on news.com.au. I have news for you podcast.

The then 24-year-old man was hospitalized with necrotizing myositis in 2015. He spent two weeks in a coma as a rare infection was eating away at his leg muscles.

The body of the athlete became infected, and at some point, according to him, he was “declared dead.” His family was advised to say goodbye.

O’Sullivan miraculously awoke from his coma two weeks later and is considered one of only seven people in the world to have recovered from the superbug.

But the futuristic player had nothing to celebrate. He was told that he would never walk again.

“I was just really, really upset,” he said.

“I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t really believe what people were telling me.

“The main thing for me is that my life was my life – so that they tell me that I will never walk again. And secondly, to definitely never play again is a pretty big problem that will be thrown at you after waking up.

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O’Sullivan overcame the difficulties again and was able to walk within a year.

His condition left him with scars on his legs and left arm and caused post-traumatic stress in the athlete. As a result, he turned to alcohol.

“Because I didn’t play football, I started drinking a lot and got a little drunk over the course of a couple of years,” he said.

“I lost the most important thing, it was my foot and it was my only love and I just felt a little helpless.

“I didn’t feel like I had a big goal.”

After overcoming his personal struggles, O’Sullivan said he was proud of where he is today and the people who helped him along the way.

O’Sullivan now lives in the UK with his girlfriend. He said he was trying to look at his incident in a positive light.

“If these things had not happened to me, then I would not be in London, I would not be with my current partner,” he said.

“I kind of try to look at it in a positive light and try not to take things for granted.”

Superbugs have been declared one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity.

Experts predict that up to 10 million people a year could die from antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 2050.

University of Queensland professor Mark Blazkowicz said that in perspective, speaking in a podcast, there have been six million Covid deaths since the start of the pandemic.

“So we’re talking about more people dying from Covid, dying every year from antimicrobial resistance by 2050, and that’s a very scary number,” said Professor Blazkowicz.

“That’s why we need to start doing something now because, as we saw with Covid, it takes a long time to develop new drugs that can treat the infection.”

Asked if there was anything to reduce the chance of being infected with a superbug, Professor Blazkowicz recommended washing hands regularly and practicing good hygiene.

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