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Samuel Johnson's sister Hilde Hinton shared the shocking news earlier this year that the actor had been struck by a car and was recovering in hospital, but fans didn't quite know just how bad the accident was until he shared his story on The Project on Monday night.
The 43-year-old spent weeks in hospital after the accident that almost took his life in June.
During an interview with Peter Helliar, Sam shared, "I pulled into a slip road and went and had a wee and woke up a couple of weeks later."
"I wasn't expected to survive. I nearly died. My face was really a mess, basically, my whole right side was cactus. I inhaled glass," the Gold Logie winner explained. "I got hit between 40 and 50km/h by a small white vehicle. I broke my skull, I fractured my upper neck, and luckily my face bore the brunt of the impact, so my face saved my brain from a lot of the damage."
"Basically I got hit fairly badly and by the time they got me to hospital, they rushed me into ICU, I tanked, and I had two loved ones with me, I was told later, that were put into the death room - the one with the fridge and the couch where you are private and you are able to be told the bad news."
Sam said his girlfriend Emma Rooke saved his life as she literally held him together while they waited for help.
Ten days after the accident, Sam said he woke up with no memory of the accident, but had a Russian accent.
"It was weird waking up. I woke up and I was really way more famous than I ever remembered being," he said. "[I thought] photographers were trying to get at me while I was inside and I wasn't in a hospital - I was either in a mental home or my drink had been spiked.
"Maybe I was kidnapped, maybe I was clinically insane. So, I thought all kinds of things. I was Russian for a while, I spoke with a heavy Russian accent in three-word sentences for a couple of days, and then I was a Japanese 11-year-old girl."
"Basically what happens when your brain gets wobbled is you go loopy," Sam added.
During the interview, the actor shared some photos from the night of the accident and his recovery, admitting he didn't remember them being taken.
He added that while his visible wounds have healed, he's still working on his recovery.
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