‘My first reaction was, ‘Oh my God!’ ‘Crazy’ moment of ‘crazy’ moment with Mycobacterium watson, says New Zealand star
Posted November 16, 2019 15:19:42 New Zealand rugby player Chris Hogg, who suffered from a rare condition called Mycophagy, is now looking back on a crazy night at the Auckland Super.
The New Zealander was having dinner with his girlfriend at the Ritz Carlton when he was diagnosed with the disease.
“She was sitting there, and it just sort of hit me.
She looked at me, and I said, ‘I’ve got this.’
I said ‘What’s it called?’
And she said, Mycopacterium.'”
He was in a daze.
He realised that she didn’t have a clue, he said.
Mycobacteria is a bacteria that is found in the intestines of humans and other animals.
The illness causes severe diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Doctors have since confirmed Hogg has Mycoplasma watson syndrome, a rare form of Mycophobia.
It is a serious and debilitating condition in which people have a higher chance of developing the illness, but it can be cured with medication.
Hogg said he was surprised to discover the condition had an online community that was filled with support for those who were struggling.
“I’ve found a lot of people who are really, really supportive of me and are willing to help,” he said, explaining the strength of the community.
“Some of the support I’ve been getting has been really amazing.
There’s also a lot more people who support me through social media.”
Hogg’s father, John, who is a surgeon, said he would continue to raise awareness of the disease, even if it did not lead to the death of his son.
“Myself and my family are trying to do everything we can to make sure it’s as easy as possible for people to get their disease checked out,” he told the Nine Network.
John Hogg said Chris was a good example of how to help others.
“There’s no doubt he was trying his best to help everyone.
I just think it’s amazing what he did.”
He’s definitely going to go down in the history books as a hero.
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