SHOCK AND AWE
Star seconds from death... but will play
STATE of Origin player Moses Mbye’s life was saved by the Queensland team doctor after he went into anaphylactic shock on Friday. The Wests Tigers captain was found unconscious outside his hotel room door after managing to make an emergency call. Only an anti-allergy injection revived him. He is not sure what caused the allergic reaction but incredibly, he will play tonight against NSW before a sellout crowd in Perth.
QUEENSLAND’S Moses Mbye has spoken of his horrifying brush with death after a hotel-room collapse that has rocked the Maroons ahead of Origin II tonight.
Queensland team doctor Matt Hislop saved Mbye’s life after the utility went into anaphylactic shock on Friday morning in a terrifying ordeal that has stunned the closeknit Maroons team.
Without the quick thinking of one of Australia’s leading sports medicos, Mbye was told he would be dead.
The near fatality represents one of the most distressing incidents in State of Origin’s 39-year history.
Anaphylaxis is a potentially lifethreatening, severe allergic reaction, usually to foods or insects, that can cause death within 15 minutes.
Incredibly, Mbye has told Queensland coach Kevin Walters he will play in Origin II — just 48 hours after fearing he would die.
“The doc potentially saved my life,” Mbye said last night. “I’m not quite sure how far it could have gone … but he potentially saved it, yes.”
Queensland hierarchy have confirmed to The Sunday Telegraph that they have filed a critical incident report with senior management at their team hotel.
Mbye’s mysterious collapse occurred about 10.30am on Friday during Queensland’s day off.
Dr Hislop found Mbye slumped on the floor unconscious outside his hotel room door after the 25-yearold father-of-three made an emergency call to him, only to pass out within seconds.
Carrying a first-aid kit, Hislop immediately used an EpiPen, an antiallergy injection device containing a man-made version of adrenaline to revive the stricken Mbye.
The Queensland rookie understands he had only a few minutes left to live after his airways had closed before Dr Hislop arrived on the scene to treat him.
Dr Hislop was staying on the same floor as Mbye and raced to his aid, giving him an injection of epinephrine to his upper leg.
Mbye will undergo tests after Origin II when he returns home to Sydney as Queensland doctors attempt to explain his collapse. He suffers no allergies and has never before suffered anaphylactic shock from any allergy-related incidents.
“I’m not quite sure what happened,” Mbye said. “I had an allergic reaction to something. I haven’t pinpointed yet what it is.
“I have to do some tests when I get back to Sydney but it wasn’t the most comfortable of situations.
“I’m not sure what triggered it. I have never had an allergic reaction before, ever. In 25 years this has never happened to me.”
Mbye was severely shaken by the ordeal and spent most of Friday resting in his room under close supervision after briefly attending an NRL function for the official launch of Origin’s historic debut match in Perth.
The Sunday Telegraph spotted Mbye walking around the hotel with teammates in a jovial mood just minutes before his near-death experience.
It is understood Mbye woke up on Friday with flu-like symptoms. He later had breakfast and orange juice from the hotel’s buffet before heading upstairs to his room, where his condition began to deteriorate.
Sensing something wasn’t right, Mbye called Dr Hislop after struggled to dial the number. When Hislop answered, he told the Maroons medico he was struggling to breathe, prompting Dr Hislop to rush to Mbye’s room. It’s understood Mbye made his way to the door and managed to open it. At that point he collapsed, prompting Dr Hislop to administer the $600 EpiPen device which saved Mbye’s life.
“It came on pretty quick as I made my way up the lift,” Mbye said.
“I had the standard signs that people say when they get an allergic reaction. I started getting itchy, I started swelling and wheezing. Fortunately, we had a good medical team on board to get on top of it quickly.”
Despite feeling weak for most of Friday, Mbye trained with his teammates at yesterday’s captain’s run and is adamant he will play his second Origin game before a sellout crowd of 60,000 at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
The do c potentially saved my life ... I’ m not far quite sure ho w it could ha ve gone. Moses Mbye
Moses Mbye, who has made a full recovery after a doctor used an EpiPen to revive the Queenslander.