Andrew Johns suffers seizure

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Andrew Johns suffers seizure while on family holiday in Yamba

    Phil Rothfield, Sports Editor-at-Large, The Sunday Telegraph
    December 29, 2018 11:00pm

    Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns is undergoing treatment from neurology specialists after being floored by a series of brain seizures.

    The Origin and Kangaroos legend collapsed in a north coast coffee shop on Friday in the latest episode of a health battle he has been privately dealing with for several years.

    The 44-year-old had been enjoying the Christmas break with his partner Kate Kendall and their four-month-old daughter Alice at Yamba, a popular holiday surfing town.

    According to an onlooker Johns collapsed, heavily bumped his head on the floor, where he lay for several minutes in a semi-conscious state.

    Shocked holiday makers called an ambulance.

    Johns was treated by paramedics at the scene but declined to attend nearby Maclean Hospital.

    “I’ve got some medical stuff going on,” Johns said, when contacted by The Sunday Telegraph.

    “They’re seizures that have been going on a while.

    “I’m seeing the right doctors and they are doing all the tests and have got me on medication.”

    Johns’ family are now urging the keen and accomplished surfer not to go surfing over the holidays.

    “I’m just going to kick back and enjoy the break,” he said.

    Johns phoned his brother, Fox Sports star Matthew Johns, after the latest scare.

    “He said he was standing in line to get served and could feel it coming on,” Matthew said.

    “Next thing he can remember is waking up on the floor. He’s had a few seizures in the last couple of years but his last one was probably 12 months ago.

    “He seems to think it comes on at times when he’s really tired.”

    Johns retired from rugby league in 2007 after 249 games for the Newcastle Knights.

    He has previously suffered from a bipolar disorder.

    The ongoing health effects of concussions and head injuries sustained by contact sport players is one of the biggest issues in world sport.

    The NRL will introduce a “brain bunker” next year where experts will monitor players during games for signs of concussion.

    Johns was once renowned for his party boy image but has lived a healthy lifestyle in recent years.

    His employers at Channel 9 have been aware of his health issues and are offering support.
  2. Wobbles

    Wobbles David Smith

    Jun 27, 2017
    Best wishes to Joey, frequent seizures can have a profound effect on how you live the rest of your life.

    Not knowing the nature of these seizures I'm making a tentative guess it may be a form of epilepsy (although there can be many reasons for experiencing them at different ages).

    For some context, I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 14 or 15, now 25 years later it is a daily consideration as to what activities I do or situations I place myself in. Seeing how crippling conditions such as epilepsy can be on people who are unable to function in a manner almost everyone else takes for granted I consider myself extremely fortunate that I can still work, drive and do most of the things I would like.

    We know the wild life and poor choices Joey has made over the years, this is something that will always stick with him. But it sounds like he's in a really good place with a young family and has in a sense grown up in recent years, having to face this situation now he has his house in order must be devastating.

    I hope Joey gets through this without any dramas, and with the support rather than criticism of the rugby league community.
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  3. Kurriboy

    Kurriboy Adam Woolnough

    Aug 24, 2016
    Apparently the seizures have been happening for years. How many years who knows.

    But I am guessing the reason for them has already been fully explored and he just has to live with them. Probably only came out now as this seizure happened very publicly.
  4. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    Joey provides update after recent health scare

    Stuart Honeysett
    Tue 5 Feb 2019, 08:26 PM

    True Blue Andrew Johns has said he has “full confidence” in the doctors treating him but it might take another couple of weeks until he knows the reason behind his recent health scare which is reportedly a form of epilepsy.

    Johns was amongst the 200 guests who attended the opening of the NSWRL’s Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday and was humbled by the move to have a meeting room named after him inside the state-of-the-art building.

    “I’ve got full confidence in the doctors,” Johns said.

    “I’m having more scans in Melbourne in a couple of weeks so hopefully I’ll get some answers.”

    The former champion halfback and Rugby League Immortal first revealed in December that he had been battling seizures after he collapsed in a coffee shop during a family holiday at Yamba on the NSW north coast.

    He told Channel Nine on Tuesday he had suffered another seizure while on holidays in New Zealand with his partner where he blacked out for 45 seconds.

    “I wouldn’t say (I’m) scared, it just carries a bit of anxiety over the unknown,” Johns said.

    “I’m trying to do everything right so once I know more from the specialist then we can move forward and understand what’s triggering these episodes and how I can manage it.”

    Johns, a two-time premiership winner, played 23 games for his state and famously returned from injury when the Blues were 1-0 down in the 2005 State of Origin series to mastermind an unlikely victory. It was the last time NSW won a series before a long run of outs.

    Brydens Lawyers NSW coach Brad Fittler included Johns on his support staff during the 2018 series which saw the Blues wrap things up after only two games to end a four-year drought.

    He admitted he would love to be involved again for this year’s series and thought the newly-opened Centre of Excellence could give every NSW representative team an edge over Queensland.

    “I think so, I haven’t spoken to Freddy about that too much, but hopefully,” Johns said.

    “I really enjoyed it last year and they’re a really good bunch of young guys so moving forward hopefully it’s a golden era for NSW.

    “We’ve got those 17 that played but I think there’s another 10 or 20 guys on the edge who are going to push those guys.

    “With this facility and the development with what they’re doing, and the juniors for NSW we can only be stronger.

    “It gives us an edge in preparation and also recovery. There’s no excuses, it can make every player male or female the best they can be if they’re fair dinkum.”
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