AFL nice Doug Hawkins has revealed he was rushed to hospital after being struck by lightning.
The previous Bulldogs nice and Victoria consultant informed 3AW that he was on a Yarraville worksite on Thursday morning whereas wild climate was lashing Melbourne.
Hawkins stated he was pressured to take shelter in a sales space through the storms, saying he was “too scared to get out of the field”.
Nevertheless it ended up being a questionable choice when the field was struck by lightning.
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“It truly scared the crap out of me,” he stated.
“That was essentially the most scary expertise I’ve ever, ever had, significantly when the field began to shake.
“It was the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard in my life.
“It simply went ‘bang’ and rapidly, the entire field shook for about 10 seconds.”
The previous Bulldogs greatest and fairest winner in contrast it to taking part in on legendary Hawthorn toughman Robert DiPierdomenico.
“It was practically worse than taking part in on Dipper within the Nineteen Eighties and never realizing the place he was,” he stated.
Hawkins stated he had since recovered from the strike after present process a sequence of scans at Footscray Hospital and having his coronary heart checked.
“It was like a delayed response,” he stated.
“I stated I’m not feeling too nice. I’m a bit gentle headed and I’ve received these shivers up my left arm. I’m again up and about.”
Lightning strikes kill 5 to 10 Australians yearly, and can lead to varied critical bodily results together with cardiac arrest and burns.
Hawkins was the 1985 Charles Sutton Medallist and captained Footscray from 1990-1993, ultimately breaking the legendary Ted Whitten’s video games performed report for the membership in his closing recreation.
The outer wing of the membership’s conventional dwelling, Whitten Oval, is known as the Doug Hawkins Wing, a tribute to Hawkins’ place as one of many best wingers within the historical past of the sport.
He was named within the VFL Group of the 12 months in 1984 and 1986, kicking 227 targets in a celebrated 350-game profession.
He was inducted into the Western Bulldogs Corridor of Fame in 2010, being upgraded to Membership Legend in 2014.
He continued his place within the public eye after soccer as a panel member on 9’s The Footy Present through the mid-Nineteen Nineties earlier than holding the same position on Seven’s rival present Reside and Kicking from 1998.