The doctor, who dreams of becoming a surgeon, is left devastated after learning that a hand injury is more serious than first thought.
According to the Daily Star, Rhys - played by Ben Barber - gets hurt as he tries to help out at the scene of the teens' upcoming road accident, and then refuses to get his hand looked at when the ambulance crew arrives. It is only later at the hospital, when his girlfriend Vanessa Villante persuades him to have his injury examined, that Rhys learns that he needs an operation on his hand and has only a 5% chance of making a full recovery.
"Rhys has always wanted to be a top surgeon and the news shatters his world," a Neighbours insider told the paper. "He quickly descends into a dark depression and starts to think that his life is over."
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5. Viewers will be able to see the drama surrounding Rhys and the crash unfold later this autumn.