Sport AFL North Melbourne AFL star Majak Daw opens up after bridge fall
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North Melbourne AFL star Majak Daw opens up after bridge fall

Daw launches a kick during the Kangaroos' round 16 match against the Gold Coast Suns. Photo: Getty
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AFL player Majak Daw says he’s been blessed with a “second chance at life” after falling from a bridge in Melbourne last month.

North Melbourne’s Daw fell from the Bolte Bridge on December 17, breaking his pelvis, in an incident which prompted fresh concern about mental health issues in the AFL.

“The circumstances surrounding my incident have been extremely challenging for my family, friends and anyone that knows me for that matter,” Daw wrote in an open letter published on North’s website on Tuesday.

“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.”

Daw was rescued by emergency services after the fall and was hospitalised, having surgery to repair multiple pelvis fractures.

It’s unknown when the Sudanese-born player will return to AFL action.

“I hope to be back out there playing in the blue and white stripes soon,” Daw wrote.

“Thank you all for respecting my need for privacy and for giving me the chance to get better going forward.”

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-AAP