Australian bodybuilder and actor Calum von Moger has shared an update on his recovery journey after he suffered horror injuries that left him fighting for life.
The 31-year-old former Mr Universe had fallen from the second-floor window of a house in Australia on May 6.
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Now, a member of the bodybuilder’s team, has announced on von Moger’s behalf that he has since checked himself into a rehab facility.
“Some great news for you guys: Calum is on the road to recovery,” they said via video message on Instagram on Wednesday.
“It’s been a week now since he checked himself into a facility. I’m very excited about that. It will be a long road.
“It’s a long process. Everybody who has ever gone through addiction or has had someone in their family with addiction knows that it’s not an easy road.
“But we wanted to give you guys our thanks on behalf of Calum. Calum sends his appreciation, gratitude for all the well wishes, the birthday wishes, the cards, the gifts.
“Thank you guys from the bottom of our heart. It really helped him get to where he is at today, on the road to recovery. ”
The post went on to apologize for the delay in an update on von Moger’s condition, but added they will “have more news soon”.
“He continues to inspire, and he will continue to inspire, regardless of what that ends up being. But we thank you guys, and we’ll have more news for you soon, ”he said.
The bodybuilder had undergone spinal surgery after the fall and was recovering in hospital surrounded by family, before checking into the rehab facility.
In an Instagram update from his hospital bed earlier in the month, he said, “it’s nice to be alive”.
He also cited a bible passage: “’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.'”
The bible passage was followed by a video post showing the injuries he sustained in the incident.
“What waking up from a bad dream looks like…”, von Moger wrote.
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The bodybuilder rose to fame after fans compared his physique to that of Arnold Schwarzenegger, earning him a role in the 2018 film Bigger – playing a young Arnold.
Fellow bodybuilder Nick Trigilli was first to report on Moger’s fall on his YouTube channel.
Trigilli says his former colleague – a three-time Mr Universe winner with 3.2 million Instagram followers – had been “going through a hard period in his life”.
He initially reported von Moger was injured “pretty bad” in the incident and had damaged his spine “to the point, he could not walk”.
“They had to call an ambulance and now he’s sedated in the ICU,” he told his followers.
Trigilli, himself a former IFBB Pro bodybuilder, said his friend recently suffered some “stupid injuries in the gym”.
At the time of his injury, von Moger was reportedly in the process of entering the IFBB Pro league for Classic Physique.
But due to injuries, including a serious bicep tear, he returned home to Australia, Generation Iron reported.
On March 30, von Moger shared a raw Instagram post, sharing his hope to “learn from [his] mistakes and become a better person ”.
“Everyone has a past. We’ve all been through hard times, ”he said.
“I admit, I messed up bad many times.
“But I do not care about dwelling on negative thoughts of the past.
“All I care about is that I learn from my mistakes and become a better person.
“I’m trying my hardest to stay strong but I have my days too.”
Von Moger ended the post by asking for “forgiveness” so he “can keep moving forward on the right path again”.
Despite having earned his pro card in 2020, von Moger was yet to compete in any bodybuilding show.
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