Evan Roos, a 22-year-old rugby player, who currently plays for the Springboks in South Africa, was hospitalized upon his return to South Africa after collapsing upon arrival in Johannesburg from a flight from the United Kingdom.
“I started feeling dizzy when I was sitting in the living room and collapsed on the way to the bathroom. It felt as if my eyes wanted to close and I couldn’t stand up,” Roos told the South African outlet Netwerk24.
“At least there was nothing wrong and he said it was all right if I got on a plane. I went back to the Cape on Tuesday evening.”
“I think the pain, exhaustion, together with me eating little and taking pain pills, had quite an effect.
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“I think it was already too much and then my body decided it had to ‘reset’ now. Everything just came to a point.
“Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. It sounds bad, but when I think back now, I haven’t been on holiday in a long time.”
Roos was taken by ambulance to a Johannesburg hospital, where he underwent a battery of tests and saw a pulmonologist to make sure his lungs were not harmed, according to SA Rugby Mag.
Rugby Pass reported:
The 22-year-old Eighth man started at the back of the scrum for South Africa in their final end-of-year-tour clash with England at Twickenham with Jasper Wiese unavailable with the clash outside the international window.
He suffered a broken rib during the clash but played on through the pain before being substituted in the 53rd minute, before a brief return to action for the final eight minutes.
Roos was on pain medication following the Test match before his collapse led to a rush to the hospital in an ambulance to undergo testing.
The Stormers young loose forward was assessed by a lung specialist to ensure that no damage had occured, before being eventually cleared to fly again.
Roos put the episode down to a combination of a lack of food with the medication which caused his body to ‘reset’.