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Australian actor and former Mr Universe Calum von Moger has discussed the incident that left him fighting for his life for the first time.
The bodybuilder, also known as Arnold 2.0, suffered serious injuries after falling from a second-storey window in Geelong last month. He subsequently spent almost two weeks in Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, and still faces a long road to recovery.
The 31-year-old took to Instagram this week to address the incident publicly for the first time, sharing several graphic images of his injuries. “It’s nice to be alive,” he captioned a post of what appeared to be a Bible quote: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
He then posted a gory video of his arm and hand, writing, “What waking up from a bad dream looks like.” Several more pictures and videos followed, with von Moger thanking people for their well wishes and prayers. His new posts also received an outpouring of support from some of his 3.3 million Instagram followers.
Von Moger’s traumatic injuries capped off a torrid few months, after he recently pleaded guilty to possession of testosterone, cannabis, methamphetamine, and ice. He was eventually ordered to pay $500 to a court fund.
After a distinguished bodybuilding career, von More gained prominence for portraying Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2018 comedy-drama film Bigger. He returned to his home country of Australia last year after living in Los Angeles for several years.
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