Britain's Got Talent hopeful's health battle

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 April 2010
Britain's Got Talent contestants Spellbound

Britain's Got Talent contestants Spellbound

'Britain's Got Talent' acrobat Alex Uttley spent eight months recovering from a nerve-attacking condition when he was younger, and admits he was terrified of death during the ordeal

'Britain's Got Talent' gymnast Alex Uttley spent eight months recovering from a killer disease.

The athlete was paralysed with Guillain-Barre syndrome - where the body attacks the nervous system - after developing an ear infection, and spent eight months training to return to form five years ago.

Alex - a member of the gymnastics group Spellbound - said: "It started off as an ear infection and then all of a sudden I couldn't walk or lift my arms.

"Half my face was paralysed too. I could move a little but I couldn't walk. I had to be pushed around in a wheelchair. I was so scared.

"I went from gymnastic training five days a week to not been able to feed myself. Doctors put me on a drip and I just had to hope for the best."

"It could have been two weeks or two years. In the end I was in hospital for two weeks and after that I had to have physio.

"Luckily I was strong because of all the gymnastics and recovered quickly but it was eight months before I recovered fully."

Spellbound, made up of seven boys and six girls, entered 'Britain's Got Talent' with the hope of turning their acrobatic gymnastics into an Olympic sport.

Alex, 24, said: "We thought that we would give 'Britain's Got Talent' a shot to promote the sport so it can become an Olympic sport.

"We train three times a day, every single day. We put so much effort in and it's demoralising it's not taken seriously enough."

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