Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, 39, has opened up on suffering from sepsis in hospital after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The singer revealed she was placed in a coma for two weeks while she battled the infection, which can be deadly.
Sarah explained she had initially believed her pain was due to a cyst and avoided going to the doctors to get it checked due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The star addressed the worrying health issues she experienced following her diagnosis in her new book Hear Me Out.
She said in extracts which have been shared in The Times: “At first I thought it was just a cyst.
“The trouble was the pain was getting worse. It got so bad that I couldn’t sleep in a bed. Eventually my skin started to bruise. By now I was terrified.
“One day I woke up realising I’d been in denial. Yes there was a pandemic but it was almost as if I’d been using that as an excuse not to face up to the fact that something was very wrong.”
Sarah recalled she was then rushed to hospital before her chemotherapy treatment had even started after a port fitted into her chest led her to develop sepsis.
“With both my lungs and kidneys failing, doctors decided to put me into an induced coma,” Sarah penned.
“Even once I was off the ventilator I couldn’t speak properly. All I could do was make noises like a chimpanzee trying to communicate.”
The star began chemo and had a mastectomy after she came out of her coma.