‘I was very close to exit’
VETERAN broadcaster Alan Jones was “very close to the exit” after going into septic shock, he has revealed.
The 76-year-old radio legend spent the week in the intensive care unit at St Vincent’s Private Hospital after developing a new and virulent infection, rumoured to be septicaemia.
Doctors told Jones he could have died after his blood pressure dropped dangerously and he had to be rushed to hospital.
“Alan has been told he is lucky to be alive after enduring serious pain and delaying treatment for what quickly became a serious infection,” a close friend said.
Sources close to Jones said the infection began in his urinary tract and sepsis quickly set in after the 2GB breakfast host decided not to inconvenience one of his doctors, who was away on leave.
Adam Lang, chief operating officer of Macquarie Media, confirmed Jones remains in hospital this weekend and will be absent from his chair at 2GB for at least another week.
“He’s out of ICU but it may be another week before he returns to work,” Lang said. “He’s trying to follow doctors’ orders and rest.”
Worried friends said Jones, who lost 7kg last year in preparation for back surgery, is “unrecognisable” in his present state.
He has informed his staff he is “exhausted” after battling the lifethreatening infection for a week.
“I feel like I’ve gone 15 rounds with Ali,” he said in correspondence to colleagues.
“The sepsis has taken over and gone through my whole body.”
Four days after being admitted to hospital he was still battling fever and requiring heavy antibiotic treatment to kill what has dismissively been described on his new social media account as a “nasty bug’’.
Jones has assured friends the infection is unrelated to a series of blood clots he developed in his limbs last month following four surgical procedures earlier on back and neck problems.
His absence from the breakfast radio shift hurt 2GB’s ratings for the first part of the year.
After initially trying Chris Smith as a replacement, the station switched Ray Hadley onto a mammoth morning shift, which went from 5.30am to midday.
However, Jones’ return to the chair saw ratings rebound.
Alan Jones recovering in St Vincent’s.