The Voice star Alfie Arcuri tells of his horrifying ordeal after fall shattered his spinal discs and left him agony
The Voice Australia’s Alfie Arcuri has revealed his anguish as he recovers from a fall that left him with shattered spinal discs.
The accident occurred in Tuscany, Italy, last year, after the singer became stranded in Europe, during Covid.
The 34-year-old, who won The Voice in 2016, told News.com.au that the horror started when he lost his balance while using a ladder inside his home.
The Voice Australia’s Alfie Arcuri has revealed his anguish as he recovers from a fall that left him with shattered spinal discs. Picture: Alfie in hospital
‘I fell two metres and landed on my feet,’ Alfie said.
‘I was holding a packet of M&Ms and just slipped, and when I fell the people I was living with all ran because they thought (the M&Ms) were my teeth.’
The fall left him winded and unable to breathe for 20 seconds. Alfie had travelled over to Europe to perform in Sochi’s ‘New Wave’ festival in Russia last year.
Now back in Australia, Alfie has spent the last three months in hospital recovering.
The accident occurred in Tuscany, Italy, last year, after the singer became stranded in Europe, during Covid. Picture: Alfie performing
Initially believing the accident had left him with severe back pain, Alfie began to experience other symptoms such as losing feeling in his feet.
Performing then became a trial for the hard-working singer.
During one show in Melbourne with singer Anthony Callea, Alfie was unable to stand for more than two minutes.
The 34-year-old told News.com.au that the horror started when he lost his balance while using a ladder inside the home where he was staying in Italy
An MRI revealed he had shattered his discs in the accident, and later surgery removed the bone fragments.
The initial surgery was unsuccessful, which left The Voice star in agony.
‘It was like I was in labour,’ he said. ‘Not that I know what that’s like, but it was the most painful thing I’ve ever gone through in my life.’
Alfie fell two metres and landed on his feet in the accident
A day after his first operation, Alfie returned to surgery to have disc fragments removed from his spine that were touching, which was giving him pain.
It comes as Alfie recently released his new single Overtime, which sheds light on the mental health.
‘This song is about my struggles with anxiety. I know I’m not alone – I’ve witnessed so many of my music industry peers suffer during Covid mentally and financially – and wanted to stress the importance of helping others and sharing our stories amidst this collective consciousness,’ he said.
Alfie shows off his certificate after winning The Voice in 2016