Zac Efron was rushed from Papua New Guinea to Australia this week after suffering what is being described as an "extraordinary life-or-death medical emergency." The Baywatch and "High School Musical" star was in the area filming his new survival show, "Killing Zac Efron," when he caught a "form of typhoid or similar bacterial infection."
PopCulture.com has more details on the situation:
The actor was allegedly flown to Brisbane Airport on the accord of a medical evacuation crew after suffering a "form of typhoid or similar bacterial infection." Efron was immediately admitted to the St. Andrews War Memorial Hospital in Spring Hill — an inner suburb of Queensland. He is said to be in "stable condition" at the moment, and receiving treatment for "several days" per the Telegraph.
Per the reports via sources, Efron was able to return home to the States on Christmas Eve, with doctors evaluating his current condition and giving him the "all clear" after a thorough assessment. Per The Sun, director of Medical Rescue Dr. Glenn McKay oversaw the emergency flight, telling the publication he was unable to comment on Efron's condition, nor share further details. While the reports might be refutable, McKay did confirm his team "retrieved a U.S. citizen in his 30s from PNG to Brisbane for medical attention in Australia."
For the show, Efron goes off the grid and into the wilderness for 21 days with nothing by whatever tools he can carry and a guide with him.
"I tend to thrive under extreme circumstances and seek out opportunities that challenge me on every level," Efron said in a press release for the series. "I am excited to explore any uncharted territory and discover what unexpected adventure awaits."
Fans on social media were very concerned about the news. "Also, wtf I just got off the plane to find out the BREAKING news that Zac Efron has been rushed to the hospital THIS IS MY WORST NIGHTMARE," one wrote.
"seeing that zac efron nearly died in the news this morning nearly killed me where i stood, i almost fought god," another wrote.
"How has Zac Efron contracted a life-threatening bacterial illness while filming 'Killing Zac Efron'? I love me a bit of irony but this is just cruel," someone else joked.
"Killing Zac Efron" is set to start streaming on the mobile platform Quibi early next year.