The Voice star's meningitis battle

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 April 2012

'The Voice' hopeful Jenny Jones was almost killed by meningitis in 2008, but credits appearing on the show with giving her new hope for the future

'The Voice' star Jenny Jones was almost killed by meningitis.

The hopeful was shown auditioning on BBC singing show last night (14.04.12), and says it has given her new hope after almost being wiped out by the killer disease in 2008.

Jenny was rushed to hospital when she collapsed after singing a support slot on tour with dance musician Basshunter, and spent three weeks in intensive care, at which point she lost her memory and power of speech.

She told The Sun newspaper: "I'd been suffering with severe headaches and one minute I was talking to my mum, the next I had pins and needles in my mouth.

"I remember trying to talk - then I collapsed. It's all really hazy. I remember paramedics being there but I couldn't talk to them. I thought I was dying. I was just crying and Mum was hysterical.

"It deteriorated from there. I was rushed to hospital and put in isolation. I lost my speech and my memory. There was a three-week period where they didn't think I would pull through. I don't really remember much because I was so ill.

"It got so bad I just felt like giving up but thankfully I didn't. I think my passion for music and performing helped pull me through."

Jenny added she chose to join coach's team on the show over Danny O'Donoghue because she fancies the latter and thinks that would make it too hard for them to work together.

Meanwhile - who is joined on the show's panel by Danny, Jessie J and Tom Jones - was reduced to tears by singer Jaz Ellington, when he sung his track 'Ordinary People'. said: "Here comes a little angel with wings and eyes that I can see in the night. Not only did he sing awesome, but he also blessed us with a better version of 'Ordinary People'."


1. MRF16 Apr 2012, 10:31am Report

All at Meningitis Research Foundation were sorry to hear of Jenny's experience of meningitis. However, we are all so proud to hear her singing on the Voice. She is truely an inspiration for anyone who has had this disease and we are all rooting for her!

Meningitis Research Foundation offer support and information for anyone affected by meningitis and septicaemia at any time, day or night, on our Freefone 24 hour helpline 080 8800 3344 or by email on

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