Jokadi Bire

Jokadi Shares Ordeal

The 22-year-old is now coming to terms with the fact that he can never play rugby league again. After being away from home for the last seven months.

It was during a usual Hunters gym session on June 15 that Jokadi began feeling unwell and the paramedics quickly rushed him to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where doctors revealed he had stroke.

It was a blow to the young centre and Hunters, Jokadi remained in hospital undergoing further scans before he was rushed into surgery for a nine-hour lifesaving operation.

Jokadi Bire Gives Thanks During Recovery

Jokadi is plotting a new future and giving thanks for his remarkable escape from a heart condition that almost took his life in June. He has been told that he can now expect to live a full life.

But the 22-year-old is coming to terms with the fact that he can never play rugby league again, a reality he admits has been difficult to accept just weeks after his career was blossoming.

The dynamic Hunters centre has spoken publicly for the first time about his health scare on a winter’s morning at the team’s training base at Runaway Bay at the northern end of the Gold Coast.

Bire Leaves Hospital

Bire was admitted to hospital on June 15 after falling ill at the start of a weights session with the Hunters. He was diagnosed with a serious heart problem that would require urgent, lifesaving surgery.

Surgery was performed on the evening of June 15 by a specialist team. The operation lasted for approximately nine hours. Bire spent several days in an induced coma before being transferred to the cardiac rehabilitation ward at the hospital.

Brave Hunter Recovering

Medical specialists are pleased with Bire’s rehabilitation. It’s hoped that he can be discharged from hospital in the next two weeks.

According to Hunters management, he will be out of action for the Hunters for an indefinite period.
Jokadi has requested that no further details of his condition be released at this stage and hopes that people respect his wishes and privacy.

Bire Continues To Improve

Bire is now able to communicate with his hunters teammates who are regularly visiting him in his room in a general ward of the hospital.

 Jokadi is communicating well with doctors and nurses, who continue to provide outstanding medical assistance to him.

Jokadi yesterday watched a livestream of the Hunters’ clash with Burleigh from his hospital room. The livestream was arranged by the Queensland Rugby League.

He is personally reading all messages of support that have been sent via email at media@pnghunters.com.