The Girls Aloud singer, who has opened up about her battle with cancer, explained that, before her treatment started, she was hit by the on-set of sepsis, which caused her lungs and kidney to start failing.
She was put into a medically-induced coma, and her mother Marie was told to ‘prepare for the worst’.
In an excerpt of her autobiography Hear Me Out, obtained by the Mirror, Sarah wrote: ‘I had sepsis, which, as you probably know, is the body’s extreme response to infection, causing a chain reaction in your system.
‘It’s considered a medical emergency and most undoubtedly life-threatening. Straight away, my port was removed, but with both my lungs and my kidneys failing, doctors decided to put me into a medically induced coma.
‘The only way I was going to survive was to be in a deep state of unconsciousness, with ventilation to keep me breathing. Even then, the doctor wasn’t sure he was going to be able to pull me back from it, so advised Mum to prepare for the worst.’
She went on to say that she remembers what it was like to be in the coma, recalling that she had ‘horrible dreams’ and felt like she was ‘in another world.’
Sarah added: ‘I had no idea about all the things that were happening to me or any of the treatment I was given.
‘Even once I was off the ventilator, I still couldn’t speak properly. All I could do was make these noises that sounded like a chimpanzee trying to communicate.’
More recently, the Jump hitmaker has opened up to fans about her battle with cancer, after it spread from her breast to other parts of her body.
More recently, she thanked fans for their love and support around the publication of her candid autobiography, writing on Twitter: ‘I can’t thank everyone enough for all the kind and loving messages that I’ve received since the weekend. It means so much to me and to my mum.
‘Today’s a special day because it’s publication day for Hear Me Out. At last. I actually can’t believe I’ve done it!’
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