Strictly's Amy Dowden opens up about terrifying near-death sepsis experience

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15 Mar 2024, 16:43

Amy Dowden smiling and Amy Dowden in hospital

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Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden has opened up in more detail about her terrifying sepsis ordeal.

Speaking with journalist Andy Coulson on his podcast Crisis What Crisis?, Dowden shared further insight into her experience of falling into septic shock while she was undergoing her first round of chemotherapy last year.

The professional dancer told Coulson she was scared about being rushed to hospital at the time, as she was aware that she would have “no white blood cells” to fight possible infections she might pick up while there.

But after collapsing at home after her first treatment, Dowden followed her family and friends’ advice and went to get a check up at the hospital, where it was eventually discovered she had sepsis.

Amy’s health status came as a devastating blow to her parents, who according to Amy “broke to the floor” when they were informed through a phone call to her partner Ben Jones about her sepsis. Her family were particularly sensitive to this diagnosis as her auntie had died of a blood infection in 2022.

“My parents went into meltdown mode. Ben went into protection mode of them, and they got to the hospital and I wasn’t in the room,” the dancer and TV star explained.

“I was having an emergency CT scan… My husband said that [the doctor] said my heart rate and my blood pressure was so low that I probably wouldn’t function more than sixteen hours, my organs would go into failure. They felt I’d gone into septic shock.”

When Amy’s family arrived at the hospital, news was the star had been “unresponsive” to treatment. However, thankfully for the star who recently celebrated being told she had “no evidence” of cancer following her recent treatment, she was saved after being given some new antibiotics.

On waking up from her illness: “I saw the pain in my parents’ eyes and I don’t think they’ve been the same since,” Amy told Coulson. “It was so so tough for them to have watched that, especially after what we’d been through with my auntie. And yeah, I don’t think they’ve been the same or never will be the same again - and that was just after chemo number one.”