Im A Celebs Richard Madeley reveals he almost died during childhood tuberculosis battle
I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Richard Madeley has revealed he thought he would die after getting struck down by tuberculosis as a child.
The Good Morning Britain host was forced to pull out of the Ant and Dec fronted ITV show after he left the camp's Covid bubble due to being taken to hospital.
And while he assured fans on Friday 26 November that he was as "fit as a fiddle" following the health scare, he has now recalled a medical nightmare he had as a child, which heartbreakingly had him asking his mother: "Mummy, am I going to die?"
"I had pneumonia when I was five and nearly died. The reason I remember this so clearly was that my mother brought my bed downstairs to the living room, and the custom then was this only ever happened one step before death," he said.
Richard continued: "This was why, when my father died of cancer, he refused right to the end to have his bed downstairs. When I was ill, I couldn't sit up and had this long, thin spout which I had to drink from.
"One day, very alarmed, I said to my mother, 'Mummy, am I going to die?'. This must have been on my birthday because I remember mum had a cake with candles on it, and I was too weak to blow them out," he told The Sun.
The broadcaster previously discussed having the illness on Richard and Judy, where he said a scan showed scarring and indicated his deteriorated health was probably a result of tuberculosis.
Meanwhile, returning to talk to hosts Ant and Dec on Friday's I'm A Celeb, which was pre-recorded for the first time in the show's history due to the developing Storm Arwen, Richard insisted he was "fit as a fiddle" following his health scare.
Richard had fallen ill while staying on-set in Gwrych Castle at the ITV show's North Wales location but, due to breaking the Covid bubble with his visit to the hospital, he had to leave the camp.
Speaking to Ant and Dec in an interview after his exit, Richard said: "I feel as fit as a fiddle, and I am fit as a fiddle. And you know, if it wasn't for Covid, I'd be back there sort of eating rice and beans.
"I had to leave… it's a Covid situation. It's still biting our bums, isn't it? What happened was, I had just a funny little turn quite sort of late in the morning.
"ITV are so good with duty of care. They were adamant. They said 'No, we have to make sure that you're OK.' I said, 'But I am OK.' They said, 'We have to make sure.'
"So I went to the local hospital – I was only in there for about an hour and a half – I was given really thorough checks and I was given a completely clean bill of health, I'm absolutely fine. No matter what you might have read, I'm absolutely fine."
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