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Richard Bacon reveals he came ‘incredibly close to death’ after mystery illness left him in a coma… as he vows to ‘give up weed and drink’
Richard Bacon has revealed nearly died twice during his recent hospitalisation.
Last month, the 42-year-old TV presenter was rushed to hospital in London with a mystery illness, believed to be a lung infection, after getting off a flight from LA.
Discussing his condition, Richard has explained that the first two nights after he was admitted were the most dangerous.
Candid: Richard Bacon has revealed nearly died twice during his recent hospitalisation
Speaking to The Times Magazine, he said: ‘In 2018, I can go into a hospital, aged 42, be that fit, and have all that modern equipment around me and still nearly die? F*****g hell. I came that close. The first two nights, it was incredibly close.’
And the former Blue Peter host called waking up from a medically induced coma ‘the worst day of my life’ and said he was thrashing about ‘like a wild animal’.
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He said: ‘I remember thinking: I’ve not got enough oxygen, the room’s too hot and I’m not getting enough attention. I need help. I remember consciously pulling the pipes out of my neck to set the alarms off. And it worked – people came running in.’
Reflecting on his illness, Richard explained that he’s grateful to have survived his ordeal and has vowed to give up alcohol and marijuana, which is legal in LA where he lives and works.
Doing well: Last month, the 42-year-old TV presenter was rushed to hospital in London with a mystery illness, believed to be a lung infection, after getting off a flight from Los Angeles
He said: ‘I’m giving up drinking. I had been drinking four or five glasses of wine every night. In LA, I’ve been smoking weed. It’s all legal over there. I’m going to stop all that.’
And he recently explained that he was treating the near-death experience as a wake-up call. In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, Richard said: ‘I’ve decided to really, really embrace health from here on in.
‘I’ve always drunk too much, I’ve always drunk too quickly, so I’m giving up drinking altogether forever as a result of what happened to me.
Adding: ‘Because if I don’t effect some sort of really, really positive change out of this, then it’s a giant waste of everyone’s time… So I’m using it to effect positive change.
‘It’s something I’ve been thinking about anyway. I want to do something different, I want to look back in 10, 20 years and think “this was the moment I changed my life”.’
Getting better: Richard’s father told MailOnline he will be staying with relatives in London while he recovers, as he currently lives in Los Angeles with wife Rebecca and two children
Happy: Richard took to Instagram to post a snap of his son Arthur, six, and Ivy, four, welcoming him home, after he spent ten days in a medically-induced coma
Late last month, Richard also took to Instagram to share a snap of him reunited with his son Arthur, six, and daughter Ivy, four, as he stood alongside a Welcome Home banner outside is London home.
The former Blue Peter star was also seen leaving the hospital Lewisham using the help of a walking frame alongside wife of ten years Rebecca, after he posted another snap thanking the medical staff for saving his life.
He wrote in the caption: ‘Gone within the hour. I don’t know whether I see this as the bed I nearly died in or the bed that saved my life.
‘Either way. I won’t miss it. But I will miss the 50 staff of Lewisham Hospital who definitely saved my life. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.’
Gratitude: The former Blue Peter star was also seen leaving the hospital Lewisham using the help of a walking frame alongside wife of ten years Rebecca, after he posted another snap thanking the medical staff for saving his life
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