In 2008 Rob Elliott was a fit 48 year old.
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"Physically, and mentally, I felt like I was still in my mid-20s so I never really thought about my health. I ate well, was in great shape, didn't smoke, and didn't overdo the alcohol." Then, in late August 2008 Rob had been surfing at North Manly; driving home he noticed something wasn't right. From there, Rob can't remember anything except staggering up the stairs to his front door and seeing his wife. "I have vague memories of ambulance staff, but that's it. The next thing I knew, I was in hospital and the doctor was telling me he couldn't believe I'd survived."