Borje Salming is feeling better, but wants to warn everyone about the danger of COVID-19.
The legendary Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman contracted the coronavirus six weeks ago, telling NHL.com that he felt like he was dying. The 69-year-old was rushed to hospital in Sweden by an ambulance.
“I was having problems breathing. At times I couldn’t even breathe. I was shivering and shivering. It was awful,” Salming told NHL.com.
Speaking to fans via the Hockey Hall of Fame Twitter account, Salming was looking and sounding good, despite the terrifying experience.
“I’m feeling good now… [but] this virus is really crazy,” the Hall of Famer said from his home in Sweden.
A personal message from Honoured Member Borje Salming on COVID-19, his recovery and a special thank you to front line workers. pic.twitter.com/dcC8DH5KIB
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) April 30, 2020
“When you get this, you can’t breathe, and you know when you can’t breathe, you die. Stay home, stay safe. It’s no fun to get it. I’m lucky I’m home, but you have to be careful.”
Salming also took time to acknowledge the frontline heroes, including those that helped him while he was in hospital.
“Hello to the people who really take care of us in the hospitals. The frontline workers, you are the best. You’re so good to take care and put your life on the line.”