North Melbourne gun Majak Daw has posted a brief but emotional open letter to fans, following a significant incident at Melbourne’s Bolte Bridge last month.
Daw was hospitalised suffering severe lower-body injuries after emergency services were called to the base of the bridge at approximately 11pm on December 17th, following reports from witnesses that a man had fallen.
Rescue personnel found Daw in the Yarra River suffering non-life threatening injuries. He subsequently underwent surgery on a severely broken hip.
Today, Daw has finally broken his silence on the matter, penning the letter to North Melbourne fans and members, noting that the “circumstances surrounding” the incident have been “extremely challenging for my family, friends, and anyone that knows me,” but that he is “making huge strides” with his recovery and has a “second chance at life” following the incident.
The letter, in full, reads as follows:
To all our beloved fans and members, I just wanted to thank everyone for their love and support over the past month.
The circumstances surrounding my incident have been extremely challenging for my family, friends and anyone that knows me for that matter.
I’m making huge strides with my recovery, both physically and mentally.
I have been blessed with a second chance at life.
My attitude and outlook towards everything has improved.
I hope to be back out there playing in the blue and white stripes soon.
Thank you all for respecting my need for privacy and for giving me the chance to get better going forward.
Daw’s recovery is being monitored and facilitated by North Melbourne staff in private, away from the public eye. There’s no timetable on any potential return to the field at this stage.
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