Huge Nathan Merritt news causes smiles all around the NRL.

Huge Nathan Merritt news causes smiles all around the NRL.

 

The announcement that Souths great Nathan Merritt has emerged from a coma has delighted the league community.
Photo: Getty.

 

Rugby league fans worldwide are expressing joy, relief, and support in response to the news that South Sydney icon Nathan Merritt has awakened from a coma.
After being discovered unconscious at his aunt’s house last Saturday, the legendary Rabbitohs player was taken to Sydney’s inner west and has been battling for his life.

It’s understood that the legendary NRL player had a bad reaction to some painkillers, collapsed, and was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition.
Earlier this week, Merritt’s sister had posted on social media to indicate that the 40-year-old’s condition was getting better.
On Friday, the Rabbitohs announced that Merritt had awakened from his coma and was in the hospital surrounded by family.

The Rabbitohs shared on social media, “Excellent news tonight!”.
According to the Merritt family, Nath is now awake and surrounded by his immediate family.

“The medical staff at the hospital is still giving him excellent care. We are all rooting for you to continue your recuperation, Merro!”.

The rugby league community greeted the news with an outpouring of support on social media, wishing the former South Sydney flyer a quick recovery.
As Merritt, 40, continues his recuperation, supporters of the Sydney Roosters, South Sydney’s bitter rivals, were among those rejoicing at the health update.

We have wonderful news to report from the Merritt family: Nath is now awake and surrounded by his immediate family.
His physicians and nurses are providing excellent care to him while he is still in the hospital. We are all rooting for you, Merro, so keep up the good work! 🤞💚.

Fantastic news!

Setting aside our rivalry, all of us Roosters supporters wanted Nathan to succeed and wish him luck.

Fantastic news.
Aww.

Nathan Merritt was embraced by the community.

After News Corp.
first revealed on Sunday that Merritt’s organs had been affected, information surfaced on Monday indicating that his internal swelling had subsided and his lung capacity had expanded.
Teanne, Merritt’s sister, expressed gratitude to the league and the larger community for their generous gifts of love and support.

She wrote, “We would like to thank everyone for your well wishes and prayers on behalf of Nathan and our family.”.
Former St George five-eighth and boxing champion Anthony Mundine, along with Canterbury Bulldogs winger Josh Addo-Carr, were among those who paid Merritt a visit in the hospital.

Merritt, one of South Sydney’s most well-liked players ever, left the team in 2014 having scored 146 tries in 218 games, making him the club’s most prolific try-scorer.
Prior to going back to Souths, he also spent a year playing for Cronulla in 2004. Ranks fourth all-time among Rabbitohs players with 218 appearances.

From 2002 to 2014, Nathan Merritt scored 146 tries for the Rabbitohs in 218 games.
Pictures: Getty.

Growing up in Redfern public housing, Merritt made his NRL debut for the Rabbitohs in 2002, the year the club was brought back into the NRL, at the age of eighteen. Merritt remained a fan favorite due to his tryline-finding habit despite a stretch of bad performances.
Successor Alex Johnston eventually passed him; with 187 four-pointers, he now owns the South Sydney try-scoring record.

In the 2013 State of Origin series, the NRL legend also participated in one match for NSW, two matches for the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII, and two matches for the City Origin squad. He also made three appearances for the NRL Indigenous All Stars.

 

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