Zac Efron’s Aussie health scare

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER - AMY HAR­RIS

HOL­LY­WOOD heart-throb Zac Efron has sur­vived an ex­tra­or­di­nary med­i­cal emer­gency while shoot­ing an up­com­ing TV se­ries in Pa­pua New Guinea.

The 32-year-old High School Mu­si­cal star turned re­al­ity TV ad­ven­turer was trans­ported from PNG to Aus­tralia by a lo­cal mede­vac crew last week af­ter he fell ill to what is be­lieved to be a form of ty­phoid or sim­i­lar bac­te­rial in­fec­tion.

Sources say the Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ter was ini­tially trans­ported to Bris­bane Air­port be­fore be­ing rushed to the pri­vate St Andrews War Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Spring Hill where he was treated for sev­eral days. It’s un­der­stood that as he was a US ci­ti­zen trav­el­ling on an emer­gency visa, Efron was treated at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal where care is not paid for by tax­pay­ers.

Efron had been in PNG for parts of the year film­ing his TV se­ries Killing Zac Efron, which he is pro­duc­ing and star­ring in him­self.

Styled as a type of Man v Wild ad­ven­ture se­ries, the show sees The Great­est Show­man star ven­tur­ing “deep into the jun­gles of a re­mote, dan­ger­ous is­land to carve his own name in ex­pe­di­tion history”.

It’s un­der­stood Efron was in the mid­dle of the shoot — dur­ing which he went “off grid” and rid him­self of all mod­ern lux­u­ries — when he fell ill.

Con­tacted for com­ment, Dr Glenn McKay for the Med­i­cal Res­cue Group — which over­saw Efron’s flight from PNG to Bris­bane — said: “I can’t dis­cuss any con­fi­den­tial pa­tient in­for­ma­tion. I can con­firm that Med­i­cal Res­cue re­trieved a US ci­ti­zen in his 30s from PNG to Bris­bane re­cently for med­i­cal at­ten­tion in Aus­tralia.

“He was ad­mit­ted to St Andrews War Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in a sta­ble con­di­tion.”

Af­ter sev­eral days of treat­ment, it’s un­der­stood Efron made it clear that he wanted to be home in Los An­ge­les for Christ­mas.

Doc­tors are be­lieved to have as­sessed his con­di­tion and fi­nally al­lowed him to fly home to the US on Christ­mas Eve.

Efron’s agent, Joel Lu­bin at Cre­ative Arts Agency in the US, de­clined to com­ment when con­tacted this week.

Efron’s dra­matic air­lift ended what had been an oth­er­wise ac­tion-packed “gap year” in PNG which the star had doc­u­mented across his so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

The ac­tor had, among other things, been pho­tographed go­ing on a tour down the Sepik River with lo­cal tour guides and had trav­elled to Yan­chan Vil­lage to see a tra­di­tional skin cut­ting cer­e­mony. The Killing Zac Efron tele­vi­sion se­ries was an­nounced by stream­ing gi­ant Quibi late last year.

Zac Efron … air­lifted to Bris­bane for med­i­cal treat­ment. Pic­ture: In­sta­gram

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