O’Grady: I thought I was go­ing to die

Star caught a bug from pups at­tacked by rats

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Halina WattsWatt SHOWBIZ EDIT EDITOR and Sandie JonesJo by Pa­trick Hill

TV’S Paul O’Grady feared he was hours from death after col­laps­ing in In­dia. Doctors told the star he was “head­ing for kid­ney fail­ure” from an in­fec­tion while work­ing on his lat­est ITV show. Paul, 62, was rushed to hos­pi­tal and needed life-sav­ing treat­ment after fall­ing ill in his ho­tel room in New Delhi.

The vet­eran en­ter­tainer, who sur­vived three heart at­tacks, said: “I used to think I was in­vin­ci­ble, but now I’m run­ning out of lives.”

Dog lover Paul be­lieves he picked up a bug from some pup­pies in the In­dian cap­i­tal.

He said: “They had been bit­ten by rats and there were mag­gots in them. I must have touched my mouth with my hand and I started vom­it­ing at five in the morn­ing.

“The doc­tor was called and he AMIR Khan is back with his wife Faryal – two months after he filed for di­vorce fol­low­ing a bit­ter pub­lic split.

The Bri­tish for­mer light-wel­ter­weight world cham­pion re­vealed the sur­prise re­union yes­ter­day by tweet­ing a pic­ture of the model snug­gling into his arms.

He wrote: “With my 4 month preg­nant wife, after sort­ing out all the is­sues. Clos­ing the year with a happy end­ing.”

Faryal, 26, re­sponded on In­sta­gram by quot­ing pop­u­lar in­ter­net writer RM Drake say­ing: “I hope one day, we find each other again and laugh over what­ever pain we might have caused.” Bolton-born Khan, 30, and Faryal, orig­i­nally from New York, split three months ago, be­fore be­com­ing em­broiled in a high-pro­file war of words, which in­cluded mem­bers of their fam­ily and claims of adul­tery on both sides. Khan even ac­cused Faryal of hav­ing an af­fair with heavy­weight world champ An­thony Joshua, be­fore later ad­mit­ting there was “no truth” in his claims. And she ac­cused Khan of be­ing a bad role model. An­nounc­ing the split in Au­gust, Khan – worth £23mil­lion – tweeted: “So me and the wife Faryal have agreed to split. I’m cur­rently in Dubai. Wish her all the best.” The pair mar­ried in 2013 and have a three­year-old daugh­ter called La­maisah. Faryal is ex­pect­ing their sec­ond child in five months. said, ‘You’re se­ri­ously de­hy­drated, head­ing for re­nal fail­ure.’”

Paul, who lives with hus­band An­dre Por­ta­sio in their Kent farm house, de­cided to speak out about his ill­ness after be­ing bowled over by the kind­ness of the staff.

“When I was in hos­pi­tal I couldn’t face break­fast,” he said.

“The thought was mak­ing me feel so sick.

“Then 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’ in Lon­don.’ I couldn’t be­lieve it.”

He ad­mits he “wasn’t pre­pared for the shock­ing con­di­tions” when he went to Delhi to film For The Love of Dogs. He said he would smug­gle food out of his ho­tel room mini bar to feed chil­dren liv­ing on the streets.

Paul O’Grady’s Coun­try Life is out now, pub­lished by Ban­tam Press, rrp £20.

LOVED UP: Amir Khan and Faryal FAM­ILY: With his mum and dad, and La­maisah

ILL: Paul faced kid­ney fail­ure

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