The wife of Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis has revealed how she was struck down by sepsis, meningitis and Strep B – and felt so ill, she was convinced that she was going to die.
The 47-year-old told Good Morning Britain presenter Susannah Reid that the experience was ‘the best and worst of her life’ because despite her brush with death, she now feels ‘elated’ to be alive.
The mother-of-two described how she was rushed to hospital following a back operation in July that she struggled to recover from.
After collapsing at home with flu-like symptoms, Sammy was taken to the GP by Warwick, 48, and the doctor the couple saw spotted that her condition needed urgent attention.
Getting emotional, Sammy described how the trio of sepsis, meningitis and Strep B left her feeling so poorly she could barely lift her head up and felt like a ‘giant hand’ was pressing down on her.
She said: ‘For four days I cried, I didn’t want to die. The fifth day I was like, “I’m going and I can’t do anything about it.”‘
The star’s wife revealed that she had planned a ‘bucket list’ and even words for her gravestone because her condition kept deteriorating even after four days in hospital.
The drama unfolded after Sammy, who has achondroplasia, underwent decompression surgery on her back in late July. She recovered from the hospital stay but began feeling like she had flu, and her blood pressure shot up.
She told Susannah that she’s now speaking about her ordeal to raise awareness of the symptoms of sepsis.
She said: ‘It was the best and worst experience of my life. The best because I’ve been given a second chance. The worst is the pain and the post-sepsis is really rubbish.’
Thanking the NHS, Sammy said she thought her time was up, saying: ‘One day I thought this is it I’m going. And I thought about my kids and I thought, “we need more time”.
She urged viewers to tell their kids ‘you love them, tell your husband. We’re all so busy stressed, we’re all working too hard and running.’
She explains: ‘It’s made me a better person. The kids and Warwick said I’m a lot calmer. I can feel it. I just spoke to my son this morning, “Hey dude, how are you? Have a great day at school”. Where normally it’d be so frantic, I make a lot more time.’
Speaking about how he dealt with his wife’s illness, Warwick Davis said he couldn’t deal with the thought that his wife might not make it.
‘I think in those situations you put those thoughts to the back of your mind and you deal with the situation minute by minute. The thing about sepsis, it comes on so very quickly.’
Sepsis strikes when an infection such as blood poisoning sparks a violent immune response in which the body attacks its own organs.
It is the leading cause of avoidable death, killing at least 44,000 a year, and the Daily Mail has long campaigned for more awareness.