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TV presenter Bacon tweets 'I nearly died' after coming out of coma

By Sherna Noah

Richard Bacon has told how he "nearly died" and thought "this is it" during his recent illness.

The 42-year-old fell ill while travelling to the UK from the US and was taken off the plane in a wheelchair before being put in a "medically induced coma" in a London hospital.

The presenter posted on social media, for the first time following the illness

Bacon tweeted: "So, I did six days straight in a coma. Been here another four since.

"It's an as yet unidentified double chest infection. I nearly died.

"At one point, as I was as run down a hallway to ICU (an intensive care unit) at midnight, with a massive needle jammed in my chest I thought, 'This is it. How's this going to affect my kids' lives? Who's going to sit my poor dad down and say 'I'm sorry, we did everything we could'," the father-of-two said.

"But then I didn't die... because I'm on the NHS. Viva The NHS. See you for your 100th..."

Bacon told his followers: "This is how good Lewisham Hospital is. I walked in off the street simply complaining of being short of breath. Within 90 minutes they had placed me into a life-saving, six-day coma."

He began the day tweeting more generally about love, quoting the late TV presenter Fred Rogers, saying: "We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence."

Last week the DJ and TV presenter's spokesman said he was "improving all the time".

"Everyone who loves Richard appreciate the messages of support received; there will be no further comment at this time," he said.

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