‘Awakened on the bottom’: Hawks coach Sam Mitchell comes clear on New York well being nightmare


Hawthorn coach Sam Mitchell has opened up on the well being episode that turned his low season journey on its head.

Mitchell was hospitalised in New York over Christmas final 12 months with pneumonia, spending seven days in a New York hospital mattress.

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Whereas the Hawks coach has now totally recovered and is working full-time once more, the 41-year-old advised the Herald Solar of the nightmare that unfolded in New York.

“I used to be no good,” Mitchell recounted of what he initially thought was a chilly that had worsened just a few days into the journey.

“I used to be sitting with Lyndall and the three youngsters (at breakfast) and I stated to Lyndall ‘I’m not going to make it as we speak, I’m going to return as much as the room’.

“She was like ‘What do you imply you aren’t coming with us as we speak? In my head I had been combating it and combating it.

“At that time, I bought up as if I used to be going to return to the room and I bought three or 4 metres and I simply awakened on the bottom.”

Mitchell stated he had collapsed on the household’s lodge diner together with his eyes open for 2 minutes, with Lyndall insisting he be taken to NYU hospital for exams.

Regardless of being on the opposite aspect of the world, the Mitchell household was in a position to lean on West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson, with the great good friend of Mitchell on the town and making a fast sprint to take the Mitchells’ youngsters for the day.

Mitchell was initially advised by docs he had Flu A, however that clarification fell by the wayside when Mitchell’s situation worsened the next day.

“The subsequent morning I couldn’t rise up … I couldn’t get up,” Mitchell stated. “She (Lyndall) calls an ambulance, they arrive and take me again and we undergo the identical course of once more,” he recalled.

“If I had been there on my own, might I’ve bought to the cellphone and rang reception or 911 to get assist? Most likely … however not undoubtedly.”

Such was the depth of Mitchell’s plight that a number of specialists again house have been referred to as, together with present Hawks board member Dr Anne-Marie Pellizzer and former board member Dr Andrew Kaye, a perioperative doctor and neurosurgeon respectively.

Mitchell was ultimately knowledgeable he had a “cocktail” of points that had threatened multi-organ failure, together with a number of kinds of influenza mixed with bacterial pneumonia.

Mitchell was compelled to spend Christmas Day in hospital as he recovered, earlier than ultimately being discharged on December 27.

It wasn’t the tip of the drama, nonetheless, together with his household’s possessions together with their passports being stolen earlier than in the end being tracked down by police.

Initially revealed as ‘Awakened on the bottom’: Hawks coach comes clear on New York well being nightmare