AFL legend Paul Dimattina rushed to hospital after suspected reaction to Pfizer booster injection

Footy legend battling chemotherapy is rushed to intensive care after suspected bad reaction to Covid booster shot

  • AFL star Paul Dimattina in hospital after suspected reaction to Pfizer booster
  • He was placed in intensive care but is now recovering in a stable condition
  • He suffers from a rare autoimmune disease believed to be related to his reaction
  • The former Western Bulldogs footy star has also contracted Covid-19 since then










An AFL legend has been rushed to intensive care after becoming ill from a suspected reaction to a Covid booster shot.

Former Western Bulldogs star Paul Dimattina, 47, has been hospitalized for several days after suffering what is believed to be a rare side effect to his Pfizer booster.

Dimattina – who is on chemotherapy and suffers from the autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis – has since contracted the virus herself.

He was placed in intensive care on Thursday but is now in a stable condition and will remain in hospital for another week, the Herald Sun reported.

Former Western Bulldogs star Paul Dimattina, 47, (pictured last year) has been hospitalized for several days after a suspected reaction to his Pfizer booster

‘I had a reaction to the booster shot, but I now also have Covid. I’m fighting with everything I have to get better,” he told the publication.

“I had no symptoms then.”

Dimattina’s myasthenia gravis disease causes muscle weakness and affects the nervous system.

His pre-existing condition is believed to have contributed to his response to the vaccine.

The 47-year-old played for the Bulldogs for eight years before retiring to run Lamaro’s Hotel in South Melbourne.

In June of this year, Dimattina rejected Victoria’s repeated lockdowns, which he claimed were losing “financial Armageddon” and his restaurant $28,000 a week.

The former footballer (pictured center) will remain in hospital for another week as he recovers

The former footballer (pictured center) will remain in hospital for another week as he recovers

Dimattina played for the Bulldogs for eight years before retiring to run Lamaro's Hotel in South Melbourne

Dimattina played for the Bulldogs for eight years before retiring to run Lamaro’s Hotel in South Melbourne

Dimattina said at the time that the stress of juggling business and family life during the pandemic led to a complete physical and mental breakdown.

He has three children in school and said their abandonment of education was a major cause for concern.

“They were amazed when the government said we would go back into lockdown and not go to school. They lost their s**t,’ he said.

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