Live on Good Morning Britain, presenter Fern Britton has discussed her terrifying ordeal with sepsis two years ago, which left her on death's door.
The 60-year-old star contracted the illness in July 2016, days after going in to hospital for a hysterectomy.
While she expected to be unwell for some weeks after the intensive operation, she found herself feeling a lot worse than she anticipated – which is when she knew something was wrong.
“I was in so much pain, mostly around here, [my stomach] but going into every joint and every nerve-ending.”
Fern urged viewers to pay particular attention if they are feeling unwell after an operation, or even after an injury as small as a cut, graze or insect bite. If you have a fever, or pain in the stomach or joints, you could have contracted the deadly illness.
She said, “If you’re at home thinking I’m in all this pain and you’ve just had some kind of insult to your body where a bug could get in, it could be sepsis. So you must ring your doctor and ask, ‘Could this be sepsis?'”
Chatting to Susanna Reid and Kate Garraway, Fern also shared the most terrifying symptom she experienced – the feeling that you’re going to die.