Sir Peter Leitch feared he'd seen his last footy game after suffering heart surgery complications

Sir Peter Leitch - Mad Butcher - has spoken out about spending time in hospital following heart complications.

The rugby league and Warriors fanatic wrote an opinion piece on Stuff detailing his experience, fearing he'd seen his last footy game while recovering from heart surgery.

"Things did not go as well as we all hoped and consequently I spent a bit of time having nigh-nighs in intensive care and wondering, given how crook I felt, if I might not be getting along to too many more league matches," he wrote.

Sir Peter used the phrase "no one died" when talking about the Warriors loss North Queensland on Saturday. The term took on new meaning in his opinion piece today, writing: "But like I say, 'no one died', and that is something I have had way too much time to contemplate having spent the last week in hospital after heart surgery."

He said he'd take a bow to nurses, as he spoke of the "wonderful people" who cared for him during his hospital stay. "Mine have been wonderful and it is pretty obvious to me these are not the kind of people who got into the profession believing they were going to get rich, their motivation much more about the caring side of their natures."

Team manager Peter Leitch. Rugby League. New Zealand All Golds Training and Media Session. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Wednesday 8 October 2008. Photo: Simon Watts/PHOTOSPORT
Peter Leitch (aka Mad Butcher). Source: Photosport

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