Paul O’Grady has revealed that he very nearly died while making his new ITV documentary, For the Love of Dogs in India.
O’Grady explained that getting sick was his own fault, as he was advised to keep off the streets in Delhi. “But I was lying in the gutter with these two gorgeous little puppies,” he told The Mirror.
“I’m feeding them by hand and flicking maggots out of a rat bite, and of course I must have touched my mouth or my face – you forget. When you work with animals, you’re not squeamish.
“At five o’clock in the morning I’m still vomiting. Ten o’clock at night, I’m still at it. They called the doctor and he said, ‘You’re going in because you’re so dehydrated.’
“When I got in there, they said your white blood cells are going berserk, you’re heading for renal failure.”
Paul also said that he doesn’t remember going into hospital and that he “felt delirious”. Despite that, he “wanted to get back to work”.
Indeed, he wants to return to Friendicoes animal sanctuary and shelter in Delhi. “It doesn’t faze me at all to go back. India is just alive,” said Paul.
And when asked if he’ll be more careful when he heads back to India, he joked: “Probably not. I think I’ve got about four lives left, that’s loads.”
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