Don Bradmanís near death experience
Just before the team departed England he was struck down with extreme stomach cramps and it was decided to operate on him forthwith. His surgeon, the Australian Sir Douglas Shields, found an enlarged, ruptured and septic appendix which was immediately removed. Over the next few days, without recourse to penicillin, Bradman hovered very close to death. The King of England asked to be kept informed of his condition. Jessie Bradman commenced a mercy 'dash' of weeks of travel by ship from Australia and his supporters everywhere held their collective breath. Gradually his condition improved and by the time his wife arrived in England he was able to be released from hospital.
Bradman remained in England re-couperating for some months before returning to Australia and did not play a Test innings for over two years.