AFL great Steve Johnson has shared the bizarre details of a life-threatening knife wound that landed him in hospital.
Johnson has explained that a knife he was carrying ended up slicing through his belly — “like a knife through butter” — during a freak accident ahead of birthday celebrations for his son.
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He said he was carrying a cake and a newly purchased knife into the house, but then had to help his daughter who was struggling to open a jammed side gate.
Johnson said he was holding two heavy bags and the cake stuff — including the knife — when he hip-and-shouldered the gate to ram it open.
The knife ended up piercing his bag and went straight through his abdomen forcing blood to spray out everywhere.
The AFL legend is so thankful an off-duty nurse was walking past. Credit: Instagram
“It was the first time where it crosses your mind or been in that mindset, ‘I might be dying here’,” Johnson told News Corp.
Johnson said when he was on the ground at his house a man was walking past who happened to be a nurse, and he advised Johnson to put pressure on the wound.
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He said at this stage he was concerned he was going to bleed to death but the nurse — after calling the hospital — then drove Johnson to it.
“Before going into surgery Erin (Johnson’s wife) said to one of the doctors, ‘What’s the go?’ And they said, ‘There were no guarantees’. It’s not 100 per cent I was going to be OK.’ So before going into surgery I was thinking, ‘I hope I wake up’.
“I’m just so incredibly grateful the nurse, Jason, was there, and had that calm mind, and happened to be walking past our house because it’s a very quiet street and it’s unusual to see someone walking past.”
Johnson is lucky to be alive with the knife just missing his bowel.
He told 7NEWS without the nurse’s “support I would have had serious concerns for my life”.
“It was a traumatic situation.”
The AFL great is now coach of Yarrawonga in the O&MFL. Credit: Facebook
He was also thankful to medical staff at the Wangaratta Hospital and his family, and wife Erin.
He couldn’t eat on Tuesday but is expected to make a full recovery.
Johnson is currently the senior coach of Yarrawonga in the Ovens and Murray League.
He retired at the end of 2017 after a brilliant 293-game career for Geelong and GWS Giants.
As well as playing in the Cats’ three premiership, he was a three-time All-Australian and also won the Norm Smith Medal in 2007.
After leaving Geelong at the end of 2015, Johnson spent the final two years of his career at the Giants.
He kicked a staggering 516 goals as a medium-sized forward and appears a certainty to one day join the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
After ending his playing career, Johnson spent time at Sydney and the Giants as an assistant coach.
He was appointed senior coach of Yarrawonga ahead of the 2023 season and led the Pigeons to the premiership in his first year.t