DJZ is a miracle story.
In early April of 2017 former two-time TNA X Division Champion DJZ had a serious health scare that was dubbed "life-threatening". The scare came after he attempted to hit a "450 Splash" onto 'Laredo Kid' while competing for the 'CRASH Lucha Libre' wrestling promotion. The maneuver caused DJZ a ruptured colon along with internal bleeding and he was rushed into emergency surgery.
In the embedded video above it is documented that doctors gave DJZ a 20% chance of having to use a colostomy bag for the remainder of his life. The hardships did not stop there for DJZ as while he was recuperating he missed some of his scheduled bookings which eventually added up to a large sum of money on top of his hospital bills. DJZ made his return two months after his health scare and fast forwarding to 2018, he along with Andrew Everett went on to capture the IMPACT World Tag Team Championships but they will be losing the titles on a future episode of IMPACT.
Sportskeeda had the opportunity to catch up with DJZ and asked him to speak about the series of events that followed his life and career threatening injury.
"I just lay[ed] there on the floor and couldn't even get up, and that's when I knew it was pretty serious." He said. "I couldn't even sit up. One hour goes by and I'm still not feeling good. Finally, another wrestler discovered me and asked me, 'Are you okay?' I had to be honest and tell him that I was not. It was in that moment that he told me that I look as white as a ghost." He continued, "I get into the hospital and it's immediately like, 'We're not going to see you until you give us $500.' Thank God for credit cards, which by the way I'd just paid off. As the night goes longer, I experience more pain, and they inform me, 'The pain you're experiencing...it's internal bleeding. It appears as if you've ruptured your colon.' Right before the surgery starts, they tell me they're not going to start the surgery until I pay them $2000, and I'm like, 'Are you kidding me? $2000 is more important than saving my life?' When I asked them this, they couldn't even answer me. They just looked at the floor and couldn't even look at me, but it didn't end there. They wouldn't let me leave the hospital until the full balance had been paid for, this is crazy. I almost became a prisoner of the hospital in Mexico City. I'm very lucky that The Crash paid for half of my hospital bill. They didn't have to do that. I'm sure most wrestling companies around the world would not have done that."
Speaking of IMPACT Wrestling the company hosted tapings for future episodes of their show last night in Canada. To view the spoilers from night one of the tapings, click here.