When Adam Thomson was struck down by a spinal infection in late 2017, he had no guarantee that his life would ever go back to how it was.
The former All Blacks loose forward was admitted to hospital in December of 2017, during his stint playing for the Canon Eagles in Japan, after experiencing excruciating pain that left him unable to walk.
His ailment initially had doctors stumped, before he was eventually diagnosed with lumbar discitis – an infection in the intervertebral disc space.
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Thomson spent 57 days in hospital, mostly bed ridden, and had to learn how to walk again. Speaking to Newstalk ZB‘s Martin Devlin, Thomson said it was the biggest challenge he had ever faced.
“It was hugely scary. There were some pretty dark moments. In my life I’ve had a pretty cruisy run in terms of major obstacles, injuries and what not, so for me that was the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced,” Thomson said.
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It was touch and go for a while there and we almost had to amputate but to the credit of this crack Japanese medical team they were able to save the moustache. ? ??????? But in all seriousness it's been a tough week full of unexpected challenges. It's going to be a long road to get back on my feet but I'm up for it. I'm overwhelmed by all the love and support from friends and family all over the planet, words can't express what it means, I didn't expect such a big response. I'm humbled and my thanks and love go back to you all! ??????? Here's a little Xmas cheer from my hospital bed in Tokyo, give all your loved ones an extra big hug this year, don't take anything for granted! Merry Christmas x ?????
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