A fit and healthy 21-year-old man with dreams of becoming a policeman was left fighting for his life after push-ups triggered a rare brain disease that had gone undetected since birth.
Samuel O’Sullivan, 21, was at home exercising when he began experiencing excruciating pain in his head.
He ran screaming to his parents for help, and they urgently called an ambulance as Samuel’s condition deteriorated rapidly.
Brain surgeons immediately performed emergency surgery on Samuel in a bid to control bleeding and remove pressure on his brain.
Doctors discovered the 21-year-old had Arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a rare condition that involves tangled blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain.
Samuel has now been moved to an intensive care unit in Melbourne, Australia, after going through the “fight of his life.”
He is now paralysed, with very limited use of body functions, such as body movement, co-ordination and balance.
The 21-year-old also has blurred vision and is unable to speak, communicating “yes” or “no” by squeezing his family member’s hands with his right fingers.
Tragically, Samuel was in the final stages of being accepted into the Victorian police academy and had only turned 21 in hospital sevens days after having the stroke.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover the cost of his recovery, and has so far reached $37,833 of the $100,000 goal.
On the page, his distraught father said: “Sam has a knack of making people smile and is compassionate, has a great deal of empathy for others and is a most respectful young man.
“He had dreams like like everyone else of owning his own home. For a young man, he had his head screwed on and had a clear eye on his future.
“Sam is in the fight of his life and is an inspiration to all of us but needs help along his journey.”