Footy legend battling through chemotherapy is rushed to intensive care after suffering a suspected bad reaction to a Covid booster shot
- AFL star Paul Dimattina is in hospital after suspected reaction to Pfizer booster
- He was placed into intensive care but is now recovering in a stable condition
- He suffers from a rare autoimmune disease believed to be linked to his reaction
- The former Western Bulldogs footy star has since also contracted Covid-19
An AFL legend has been rushed into intensive care after falling ill from a suspected reaction to a Covid booster shot.
Former Western Bulldogs star Paul Dimattina, 47, has been in hospital for several days after suffering what is believed to be a rare adverse reaction to his Pfizer booster.
Dimattina – who is receiving chemotherapy and suffers from the autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis – has since also contracted the virus itself.
He was put into intensive care on Thursday but is now in a stable condition and will remain in hospital for another week, the Herald Sun reported.
Former Western Bulldogs star Paul Dimattina, 47, (pictured last year) has been in hospital for several days after having a suspected reaction to his Pfizer booster
‘I had a reaction to the booster jab but I’ve also now got Covid. I’m fighting with everything I got to get better,’ he told the publication.
‘I didn’t have any symptoms then bang.’
Dimattina’s myasthenia gravis condition causes muscle weakness and affects the nervous system.
His pre-existing condition is believed to have contributed to his reaction from the vaccine.
The 47-year-old spent eight years playing for the Bulldogs before retiring to run South Melbourne’s Lamaro’s Hotel.
In June of this year, Dimattina slammed Victoria’s repeated lockdowns which he claimed were causing ‘financial Armageddon’ and his restaurant to lose $28,000 a week.
The former footballer (pictured centre) will stay in hospital for another week as he recovers
Dimattina spent eight years playing for the Bulldogs before retiring to run South Melbourne’s Lamaro’s Hotel
Dimattina at the time said the stress of juggling businesses and family life during the pandemic led to a full physical and mental breakdown.
He has three children in school and said their halted education was a huge cause for concern.
‘They bawled their eyes out when the government said we were going into another lockdown and not going to school. They lost their s**t,’ he said.