Amanda Holden was moments from death
- Bang Showbiz
- 26 February 2012
'Britain's Got Talent' judge Amanda Holden has revealed her heart stopped beating for "40 seconds" following the birth of her second daughter Hollie in January
Amanda Holden has revealed her heart stopped beating for "40 seconds" following the birth of her second daughter Hollie.
The 'Britain's Got Talent' judge delivered the little tot via Cesarean-section on January 23 but lost a lot of blood after hemorrhaging so had to have a transfusion and her husband Chris Hughes was left wondering whether she would make it.
She told The Sun On Sunday newspaper: "As much blood as they were putting in me was going out. It just would not clot. For seven minutes Chris didn't know if I was alive or dead. They literally ran out of my blood group in London. They had them on mopeds coming from everywhere with it.
"There was a moment where they said I had flat-lined for 40 seconds. My heart stopped and I was literally moments from death. It was touch and go."
After being in intensive care for three days, Amanda - who lost her baby son seven months into her pregnancy last year and also has a six-year-old daughter, Lexi - pulled through and says she will be eternally grateful for people who donate blood.
She said: "My midwife told me, 'I don't know what blood group you any more, you've had so much put in you.' We had to get some special fake medical blood in the end and that's what my body accepted.
"It wasn't until much, much later that I realised what had been going on while I was under. I'm so glad people take the time to give blood. I always knew it was important, but until something like this happens to you or someone you love you don't really take on board how absolutely vital it it.
"It is because of the kindness of strangers that I am here now and I can never thank them enough."