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Samuel Johnson says he was ‘near-death’ after being hit by a car and that it was a ‘miracle’ that he even survived – as the actor discusses his horrific injuries for the first time










Samuel Johnson has revealed that he nearly died in June this year when he was accidentally hit by a car in Melbourne.

On Sunday, the actor first spoke about the terrifying incident in an interview with The Herald Sun, saying he suffered several serious injuries, including a fractured skull and cervical vertebra.

Samuel, 43, said surviving the accident was a “miracle.”

In recovery: Samuel Johnson (right) is candid for the first time about his “miracle survival” in the wake of his horrific car accident. Pictured with his sister Hilde Hinton (left)

“It was almost dead, it was very close,” he said. “I’m a bit of a child prodigy and I don’t use the M word lightly.”

Johnson was driving to a relative’s house on June 19 when he stopped and crossed the road to relieve himself, having “burst” and didn’t think he could wait another half hour.

While trying to return to his vehicle, he was accidentally hit by a car.

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What happened: Johnson was driving to a relative's house on June 19 when he stopped and crossed the road to relieve himself.  While trying to return to his vehicle, he was accidentally hit by a car

What happened: Johnson was driving to a relative’s house on June 19 when he stopped and crossed the road to relieve himself. While trying to return to his vehicle, he was accidentally hit by a car

Sam says he suffered a brain haemorrhage, injured the ligaments in his neck, partially dislocated his jaw and sustained deep bruises down the side of his body.

“I had a 13mm fracture to my skull and fractured my C1 vertebra in my neck, but luckily my face took the brunt of the impact,” Sam continued.

He was placed in an artificial coma after arriving at Alfred Hospital, around the same time his sister and family had arrived.

Seriously: The charity fundraiser was put into an artificial coma after arriving at Alfred Hospital, around the same time his sister and family had arrived

Seriously: The charity fundraiser was put into an artificial coma after arriving at Alfred Hospital, around the same time his sister and family had arrived

His recovery was slow; spent two weeks at Alfred Hospital and four and a half weeks at The Epworth Hospital in rehabilitation.

Sam says he was more than grateful to the doctors, nurses, specialists and staff who looked after him during his lengthy recovery.

‘I saw them as real heroes before the accident; you can imagine how excited I feel about them right now,” he added. “I’ve had the best care in the world and have had great results, so I feel pretty guppy now.”

'You can imagine how excited I am about them now': Sam says he was more than grateful for the doctors, nurses, specialists and staff who looked after him during his lengthy recovery

‘You can imagine how excited I am about them now’: Sam says he was more than grateful for the doctors, nurses, specialists and staff who looked after him during his lengthy recovery

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