Ex-St Helens star Luke Thompson saved his mother’s life in incredible reveal

Former St Helens star Luke Thompson has opened up on his return to England after dealing with a family emergency.

The Canterbury Bulldogs forward was granted compassionate leave to board a plane and come home to the UK with his mother having been taken ill.

Now, he has opened up on that heartache and how he practically saved his mum’s life.

“I got a phone call from my brother back home, he said he didn’t think my mum had long left,” Thompson told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“She’s not been too well for a while, but at the age of 54 I’ve not seen that coming. She was a bit in denial with what’s going on, she was jaundiced and bright yellow.

“My brother couldn’t persuade her to go to the hospital. I stayed with for three nights and managed to persuade her to go to the hospital. If I hadn’t gone home, she might not be here now.

“She’s gotten a bit better. I went home to help her get the treatment. I pretty much saved her life.

“We got her the care she needed so that she’s in the best place and I could then come home and finish the season.”

Thompson has struggled in recent weeks and months with injuries, but he is determined to repay the club for sticking by him.

“Her seeing me gave her a big lift,” he said. “I’m very thankful for the club supporting me through a tough period.

“I love the club, the fans and I want to take it back to where it belongs. This has given me extra motivation, put more fire in my belly.

“I love what I do, I come to training every day to better myself and be the best I can be. This gives me more fire in the belly and I want to thank the club for all of the support they have given me. It’s been a tough year and I want to pay them back with performance on the field.”

The ex-Saints man also revealed just how tough – injury-wise – it has been since making the move to the NRL.

“The first year there was the Covid stuff, there was no training and straight into it. The second year I missed nine games with suspension – I played in the Super League for nine years and didn’t miss one through suspension. That was tough.

“The year after I played every game up until round 12 and then obviously had this.

“I don’t know if it was the one head knock, I had a number of things. It was a tough start to the year. It was a build up of things.

“I got a couple of knocks in round one against Melbourne, I got one a week later, then I broke my toe and then got that flu that was around for a while, then I got diarrhoea for a week. Then I got my neck crushed and then there was the week I felt it was when I got the head knock against Tigers. It’s been something every week.

“I just had one of those starts to the year. It’s definitely been tough but it’s all done. The Bulldogs seem to be going in the right direction and I want to show them what I can do.”

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