Sue Cleaver reveals how she nearly died from sepsis after falling ill on the Corrie set

Sue Cleaver reveals how she nearly died from sepsis after falling ill on the Corrie set

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CORONATION Street star Sue Cleaver has opened up about the terrifying moment she nearly died of sepsis after falling ill on the soap’s set.

The 56-year-old, known for playing Eileen Grimshaw, opened up about her brush with the disease to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning today.

Sue spoke about her sepsis nightmare on This Morning today

Sitting alongside Dr Ranj Singh, she explained: “I suffer like many people with IBS and I thought I was having a flare-up while I was working.

“I went in on the Tuesday and late in the afternoon I said: ‘Do you need me in this scene because I’m really not feeling great? I need to go home and sleep.

“My side was sore. Then I came in the next morning at half seven. It was the hottest day of the year but I was on set with a hot water bottle.

“Melanie Hill turned to me and said: ‘You at your feet.’ They were blue and purple. I was freezing cold.”


The Eileen Grimshaw star fell ill on the set of Coronation Street[/caption]

She appeared with Dr Ranj to mark World Sepsis Day

She added: “I went home after lunch and got into bed and tried to go to sleep. My husband [James Quinn], who also works on Corrie, was on a night shoot and tried to ring me.

“He said: ‘Something’s not right. I can’t hear what she’s saying because your teeth are chattering too much.

“He came back and I was just shaking. He rang out daughter, who’s a paramedic who said: ‘Get her to hospital.’ My temperature was 39.9. I didn’t know I had sepsis till the next day.

“Immediately I was on fluids and antibiotics. There was an hour window of opportunity.”

Symptoms of sepsis

Symptoms of Sepsis in adults and older children includes:

  • Acting confused, slurred speech or not making sense
  • Blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
  • A rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it, the same as meningitis
  • Difficulty breathing, breathlessness or breathing very fast

Anyone with any of these symptoms of sepsis should call 999 or go to an A&E department, the NHS advises.

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