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This Woman Thought A Life Threatening Condition Was Just A Hangover

There are two types of people in this world - those who jump to call the doctors at the slightest twinge, and then those who just soldier on and tell themselves they'll be fine. And it looks like this woman is the latter...

Appearing on the This Morning sofa, Duncan Bannatyne's daughter Abi Bannatyne revealed how she thought a life threatening illness was just a hangover.


After returning back to work after a heavy weekend partying at a friend's wedding, Abi couldn't stop feeling sick or sweating but she just put it all down to a raging hangover.

She explained: "I'd gone into work, and I thought, 'God, I'm really not feeling great, I must still be struggling from the weekend,' but it just got worse and worse. I still just kept thinking it's been a mad weekend, I'm just exhausted."

Abi somehow made it through a day and a half at work, but things quickly spiralled when she returned home to bed. She couldn't pick her head up and she started throwing up, but Abi still insisted she was just tired from the weekend.

Credit: ITV/This Morning
Credit: ITV/This Morning

"I was sweating, just feeling really sick. I didn't actually start throwing up until much later," she continued.

"I got home, I got into bed, and that was it, from that moment I couldn't lift my head up, I felt like I couldn't do anything. At this point I thought maybe it's flu, it can't still be a hangover."


It wasn't until the mum-of-two woke up at 4am in the morning with a sense that she was slipping away that she called the emergency services and was rushed to hospital.

Thirty-four-year-old Abi then discovered that what she later thought was a bad case of flu was actually sepsis - bloody poisoning - caused by a UTI the week earlier which antibiotics hadn't properly cleared up.

She then spent six days in hospital recovering from sepsis which could have been deadly.

Credit: Instagram/Abi Bannatyne
Credit: Instagram/Abi Bannatyne

This Morning's Doctor Ranj went on to explain that Abi was extremely lucky to be starring on the chat show as she actually had a 40 to 60 per cent mortality rate.

Abi's dad, Duncan, explained: "I think she was probably only a few hours away from dying, because if she hadn't phoned [999] at that time, in a few more hours I think it would have been too late."

This episode of This Morning aired earlier this year in March.

Featured Image Credit: ITV/This Morning

Topics: Entertainment, Life News, Real, TV Entertainment, Health

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