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'Grateful to be alive': Dominic Purcell shares gruesome snap after being airlifted to hospital [Photo] @ 8:16 pm
On Jun 03, 2016
Dominic Purcell has broken his nose in two places after an iron bar fell on his head while filming the latest series of Prison Break in Morocco.
The Prison Break star shared the news through social media and posted two pictures showing his bandaged nose and gashes to his head on Instagram after sustaining the injuries on Monday.
The 46-year-old actor was flown by emergency helicopter from Marrakesh to Casablanca for urgent hospital treatment, while his girlfriend AnnaLynne McCord, who was on set at the time, was by his side.
Captioning a photograph of his deep wounds and nose, he wrote: 'Had a little accident on set. Haha! Back at work asap. Pays to have a thick skull when an iron bar falls on your #head!!
'Busting it open severely also broke my nose in two places. Haha.I got a free nose job out of it...... Stoked to be alive. All good.'
He jokingly downplayed his serious injuries and revealed that it was only his tough fibre that saved him from being killed.
'Doc said I have an unusually tough tissue fiber that's what saved me apparently. Thank god for my #Viking heritage hahaha !!!!' he wrote.
But the star praised his 90210 star girlfriend for helping him overcome his injuries, and admitted he was 'lucky to be alive'.
Alongside a snap of the couple, he wrote: 'Thank god my love @theannalynnemccord was there when my unfortunate accident occurred on set.
'She went into raging #momma mode along with #christinanorthup and got me the right care. Show goes on. No worries !!!
'Oh being airlifted out on a helicopter was another adventure I didn't expect. Thought the bloody thing was going to fall from the sky!!! What a day it was. Grateful to be alive.'
Dominic shared the photos with his 363,000 Instagram followers and quickly attracted support from his legion of fans.
His first upload garnered 37,700 likes and thousands of messages of encouragement and the second picture quickly attracted 22,100 likes and hundreds of comments in a matter of hours.
The later snap showed the actor's svelte torso, as he disclosed he had lost 12 pounds while filming in the desert for series five of Prison Break.
But the near death experience didn't bring about any epiphany for the Australian heartthrob, who plays Lincoln Burrows in the hit drama.
'I wish I could say I discovered something profound out of my near miss. Ummmmm nothing yet just a broken nose and a hundred stitches in my head,' he said.
Dominic and AnnaLynne reunited in March after splitting in 2014 following a three-year relationship.
'I'm very happy, I have my best friend back, so it's cool,' the blonde beauty gushed on a podcast.
The award-winning actress revealed that the pair became friends again after Dominic, 46, was diagnosed with skin cancer last year.
But their relationship soon turned romantic again as she explained: 'I came back into his life as his friend, and I took him to his doctor's appointments.'
'I was there with him because whether or not he knew it, I love him.'
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