- Virgil van Dijk has revealed his biggest career battle and it is not Liverpool title race
- The Dutchman suffered a burst appendix and needed an emergency surgery after his mum's intervention
- Van Dijk was 17 when he underwent the surgery in his first season with Groningen
Virgil van Dijk has revealed how he survived a life-threatening Illness 10 years ago.
The Mirror report claim that the Liverpool centre-back was fortunate to be alive after undergoing an emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix.
The Dutchman’s mum, Ruby, was later informed by surgeons that her son, who also suffered peritonitis and uraemia, was able to survive the fatal ailment because of his fitness level.
“At one point, I had to sign these documents. It was a will. If I would die in hospital, part of my money would go to my mum.
“Nobody wanted to raise this issue, but it needed to be dealt with because there was a chance that I would die there and then.
“I remember lying in bed. All I could see were tubes and wires on my body.
“My body was broken. I was not capable of anything. The worst things went through my mind,” Van Dijk recalled.
Interestingly, the Dutchman was barely 17-year-old when incident occurred after first season with Groningen in the Eredivisie.
Initially, it started with pains in stomach during a training session, but ignored ending the session after he was attended to by medics.
After two days, his condition went from bad to worse, with the Dutchman still refusing to see a doctor.
On the third day, a teammate Tim Keurntjes’ drove him to hospital in the morning, but medics only prescribed painkillers for him and assured him all was well.
But after Van Dijk’s mum made a three-hour journey to her son’s base, the healing process began.
An ambulance was called up immediately after seeing him in pains at his apartment.
Van Dijk was taken straight to the theater for an emergency surgery before he was transferred to the intensive care unit.
And when joined his Groningen teammates for pre-season it was vividly clear that Van Dijk lost weight while battling for his life.
Luckily, the 27-year-old recovered from ailment and move on with his career, impressing with the pair of Celtic and Southampton before joining Liverpool for £70m.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will remain at his hotel residence as plans to return to his house could not happen with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk occupying the property.
According to the UK Sun, Solskjaer is likely to continue a search for a new apartment after checking out of the Lowry Hotel.
Interestingly, the Norwegian who owns a five-bedroom building in Cheshire, must now look for an alternative residence as the Dutchman is not keen on quitting the mansion in the nearest future.
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