Melbourne man Aaron Smith is lucky to be alive after suffering a brain aneurism during Basil Zempilas’ call of Friday night’s game between Sydney and Carlton.
The 36 year-old father of two was watching Friday night footy when he suffered a seizure caused by a ruptured brain vessel, and was promptly rushed to a nearby hospital.
Smith was generous enough to talk to our reporters about the situation.
“I had a long day at work, and knowing that Carlton were playing Friday night footy didn’t give me much to look forward to,” he said.
“By the time I got home I’d accepted that I was going to watch a poor game of footy, but once I got myself a beer everything seemed ok.”
Smith began to tear up and choke on his words as he continued with his story.
“And then I heard Basil’s voice,” he croaked.
“Upon realising I was going to spend the next three hours listening to Basil Zempilas, my vision became blurred, which to begin with I was grateful for because I could pretend that it wasn’t Carlton playing.
“Unfortunately this wasn’t divine intervention, it was just a symptom of a brain aneurism.”
Forty percent of brain aneurisms are fatal, and initially it looked like Smith wouldn’t make it. Fortunately he made it to hospital in time to get treatment, and is now on the road to recovery.