Zac Efron reveals he's 'bounced back' after 'life-or-death flight' to Aussie hospital

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor

Zac Efron has thanked his fans for their concern after after it was revealed that he was rushed to hospital in Australia after being struck down with an infection.

The Greatest Showman star was filming a documentary called Killing Zac Efron in Papua New Guinea when he contracted a "form of ­typhoid or similar bacterial ­infection".

Zac had to be rushed to hospital in Brisbane in what was called a "life-or-death flight" to be treated by medical experts. The actor was then admitted to the private St Andrews War Memorial Hospital "in a stable condition".

After receiving treatment for a number of days, Zac was given the all clear to fly back to his home in the United States.

Now, the star has taken to Twitter to address his hospital dash and thank everyone for their well-wishes.

“Very thankful to everyone who has reached out. I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing 3 weeks in P.N.G. I’m home for the holidays with my friends and family. Thanks for all the love and concern, see you in 2020,” the actor wrote.

In fan photos taken on Christmas Eve, Zac could be seen shopping in a store in Los Angeles, wearing a red plaid shirt and cream shorts.

He covered his head with a black beanie hat and wore dark black sunglasses, despite being indoors.

Zac’s new show will follow the 32-year-old actor as he heads to the jungle on a remote island for 21 days and will be "off the grid" with nothing but basic gear and a guide partner.

"I tend to thrive under extreme circumstances and seek out opportunities that challenge me on every level. I am excited to explore any uncharted territory and discover what unexpected adventure awaits!,” Zac said in a statement when he announced the show back in November.

The show is set to air on short-form mobile video platform Quibi, which launches in April, and will also include a horror series from Spielberg called Spielberg's After Dark and reality courtroom show Chrissy's Court with Chrissy Teigen.

Zac Efron sits in a canoe while filming Killing Zac Efron in Papua New Guinea
Zac Efron was filming a documentary called Killing Zac Efron in Papua New Guinea when he contracted a "form of ­typhoid or similar bacterial ­infection". Photo: Facebook/Cyril Tara

Zac has previous experience in the wild as in 2014, he appeared as a guest on Running Wild with Bear Grylls, where the two jumped out of a helicopter, trudged over rough terrain in the Catskills, and ate an earthworm.

He will also executive produce the new series with Zero Point Zero and Ninjas Runnin' Wild.

Extra reporting by Bang Showbiz

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