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Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor and SANDIE JONES

TV’S Paul O’Grady feared he was hours from death af­ter col­laps­ing while work­ing in In­dia.

Paul, 62, was rushed to hospi­tal and needed life-sav­ing treat­ment af­ter fall­ing ill in his ho­tel room in cap­i­tal New Delhi.

The star was told by doc­tors he was “head­ing for re­nal fail­ure” af­ter con­tract­ing an in­fec­tion on his lat­est ITV show.

Paul – who has over­come three heart at­tacks – told us: “I used to think I was in­vin­ci­ble, but now I’m run­ning out of lives.”

The dog lover be­lieves he picked up a bug af­ter han­dling some wounded pup­pies in the In­dian cap­i­tal.

“They had been bit­ten by rats and there were mag­gots in them,” said the star. “I must have touched my mouth with my hand and I started vom­it­ing at five in the morn­ing. The doc­tor was called and he said, ‘You’re so se­ri­ously de­hy­drated, you’re head­ing for re­nal fail­ure’. Next thing I know I’m in an In­dian hospi­tal, not know­ing what was go­ing on and ex­pect­ing the worst.

“The nurse came ev­ery half hour to pump me full of an­tibi­otics and sa­line.”

Paul de­cided to speak out about his ill­ness af­ter be­ing bowled over by the kind­ness of the staff who cared for him.

“When I was in hospi­tal I couldn’t face break­fast,” he said. “The thought was mak­ing me feel so sick and a lovely guy said, ‘hang on, I’ll get you some fresh co­conut wa­ter’, and he pre­sented me with half a co­conut and a straw.

“I was like ‘hang on a minute this is a third world coun­try – I didn’t get this in St Thomas’ hospi­tal in Lon­don.’ I couldn’t be­lieve it.”

De­spite his lat­est health scare, Paul’s not afraid of dy­ing. “I’m not scared of death at all,” he said. “It’s the way you die that wor­ries me – that’s the fear. I think

I used to think I was in­vin­ci­ble but now I’m run­ning out of lives PAUL O’GRADY ON HIS MANY HEALTH BAT­TLES

JUMBO PET Paul at an In­dian ele­phant sanc­tu­ary

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