Jason Gardiner at 'death's door' after fly bite
- Bang Showbiz
- 16 July 2011
Jason Gardiner was worried for his life following a bite from a sand fly on his leg while on a trip to Belize
Jason Gardiner feared for his life after an insect bit him and laid eggs in his leg.
The 'Dancing on Ice' judge was in the Central American country of Belize when the incident occurred earlier this month, requiring him to have emergency treatment before being flown back to the UK, where he is now recovering.
He said: "It was an absolutely horrible experience. My skin was literally bubbling and exploding. To go to a clinic for tropical diseases and then be rushed into an emergency hospital was very scary, but thank God I'm on the mend now."
The Australian star - who recently finished a run as the fashion correspondent on ITV's 'This Morning' - thought he was at "death's door" following the bite by a sand fly.
A friend told The Sun: "Jason was in agony. His leg just blew up like an airship and he couldn't walk.
"He genuinely thought he was at death's door. He knew he'd been bitten but couldn't believe how much it swelled up. But on closer inspection it was revealed that this fly had laid eggs in his leg too.
"Talk about disgusting.
"Fortunately doctors were on hand to get him into hospital as quickly as they could and they managed to get the swelling down."