Amanda Holden has opened up about the traumatic birth of her second child Hollie – admitting that at one point her husband Chris wasn’t sure if she was going to survive.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge, 41, has spoken to The Sun On Sunday detailing exactly what went wrong as medical staff battled to save her life,
“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.
“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.”
“I felt myself slipping”
Amanda also recalls hearing her newborn daughter Hollie cry after she was born, before she started to feel faint…
“I delivered her and I saw her cry. I thought "this is totally amazing". It was everything I had dared to dream of. Then they very calmly said there's a lot of bleeding so we're putting you under general anesthetic.
“They said they needed to get some blood into me. No-one was panicking, I felt calm. Chris was there and one of the midwives too. I felt myself slipping... I've only fainted once in my life and it felt like that.”
“It is because of the kindness of strangers that I am here now”
A very grateful Amanda also thankful for all the people who donate blood, and therefore helped to save her life…
“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 is.
“It is because of the kindness of strangers that I am here now and I can never thank them enough.”