Schalk Burger is one of rugby’s comeback kings, and his ability to bounce back time and time again was recognised when he won the Laureus Comeback of the Year Award on Wednesday, going from fighting for his life to playing for the Springboks, something doctors said he wouldn’t be able to do again.
Just over two years ago, Schalk Burger was fighting for his life in hospital. What should have been a fairly routine draining of a cyst near his spinal cord resulted in the Springbok contracting bacterial meningitis. He ended up isolated in intensive care, fighting for his life.
“There was a critical stage for nearly five days in which there was a lot of uncertainty. I was in isolation and I was seriously ill so ill, in fact, that some people around me thought ‘this is it’,” Burger recalls. His parents were called to the hospital to say ‘goodbye’.
“They couldn’t pinpoint exactly what bug it was. I was basically lying in isolation in a room and not able to do much.
“I had headaches, nausea and I was getting quite a lot of convulsions – not quite seizures, but it was certainly close -…
Source : Daily Maverick