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Fifita reveals how he was a minute away from dying in horror injury

Cronulla Sharks star Andrew Fifita has revealed he was just a minute away from dying after suffering a fracture larynx earlier in the season.

The 32-year-old suffered the injury in August after appearing to shield a knock to his throat against the Newcastle Knights.

The forward was on the sideline for up to 40 minutes but his breathing became shorter an he called for help in the dressing rooms, before being placed in a coma at hospital.

“I ended up getting the doc, I said ‘doc I need your phone’. He said ‘what?’ and I was like ‘I really need your phone’,” Fifita told Channel 9’s Danny Weidler.

“I ended up writing a nice text to my missus (saying) how much I love her.

“She knows the rules. I just told her how much I loved her. (I said) please show the kids these messages when they get older.

“I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it there.”

From now on, Fifita will have to deal with the mental trauma of the incident, despite being able to recover physically.

“They ended up cutting my neck. He said (if they did it) a minute later I would have died,” Fifita said.

“Then they realised they clipped an artery in my neck, and I was bleeding all through my lungs, so I was drowning in my own blood.

“It’s surreal. It is scary.

“After sitting with the doc, and he’s telling me these stories of what actually happened, he said the trauma will be real and once it hits you it hits you.

“It’s taken a long time to process it and I’m still not through it.

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