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Wife of an X Factor star almost bled to death

 

The wife of a former X Factor star has revealed for the first time how she almost bled to death after suffering a devastating miscarriage during a family holiday.

Debbie King, 40, the wife of Jonathan Ansell, 35, who is the lead singer of the operatic group G4, initially endured some bleeding after losing her baby at just 10 weeks during a break in Lanzarote  with the couples’ children Siena, six, and Dexter, two.

Not wishing to ruin the family getaway, Debbie risked her life by continuing the holiday, in August this year, for a further 10 days.

Once home, Debbie, who presented the game show Quizmania, was admitted to hospital, where the bleeding escalated as they removed the foetus and struggled to save Debbie’s life for three hours.

Unable to stem the bleeding, doctors put Debbie in a coma and gave her a complete blood transfusion.

She said: ‘Essentially, every drop of blood in my body was replaced. It was the most frightening moment of my life. I had gone from desperate for a baby to just desperate to be alive.’

Although now recovered and home in Leeds with Jonathan, who was a runner-up in the 2004 series of X Factor, Debbie, now a children’s author, still suffers excruciating pain and could have permanent internal damage.

The wife of X Factor star Jonathan Ansell almost bled to death after suffering a miscarriage

The wife of X Factor star Jonathan Ansell almost bled to death after suffering a miscarriage

The wife of X Factor star Jonathan Ansell almost bled to death after suffering a miscarriage

Debbie King, 40, started bleeding 10 weeks into the pregnancy while on holiday with her family (pictured with husband Jonathan, 35, and their children Siena, six, and Dexter, two)

Debbie King, 40, started bleeding 10 weeks into the pregnancy while on holiday with her family (pictured with husband Jonathan, 35, and their children Siena, six, and Dexter, two)

Debbie King, 40, started bleeding 10 weeks into the pregnancy while on holiday with her family (pictured with husband Jonathan, 35, and their children Siena, six, and Dexter, two)

Jonathan (far left) and his G4 bandmates were runners up in the 2004 series of X Factor 

Jonathan (far left) and his G4 bandmates were runners up in the 2004 series of X Factor 

Jonathan (far left) and his G4 bandmates were runners up in the 2004 series of X Factor 

WHAT IS PLACENTA PERCRETA? 

Placenta percreta occurs when the organ attaches to, and grows through, the uterus; sometimes extending to the bladder.

This can result in dangerous bleeding.

The complication occurs in up to one in 530 pregnancies.

Vaginal bleeding, usually during the third trimester, is the most common sign of placenta percreta. 

Treatment involves removing the placenta; a hysterectomy is also often required.

If discovered during labour, a c-section is usually recommended.  

Women are more likely to suffer placenta percreta if they have a scar from a previous c-section, smoke, or are over 35. 

Source: March of dimes 

‘I had gone from desperate for a baby to just desperate to be alive’ 

Debbie discovered the baby’s heart had stopped beating while on holiday in Lanzarote but waited until she was back in the UK to have the foetus removed.

She said: ‘I was okay about it. I was upset but I had two beautiful children and I had desperately wanted another baby but I thought we could try again.’

When back in the UK, the operation took two hours, considerably longer than the normal 15 to 20 minutes, as Debbie began bleeding uncontrollably. 

Unable to stem the bleeding, Debbie was rushed to another hospital. 

She said: ‘Jonathan had gone out for a walk and as he was coming back in, he saw the nurses running out saying, “We’re moving her. Where is the husband?” as they wheeled me into an ambulance.

‘They told him they were taking me to St James’ Hospital and they would meet him there. He got there in about 20 minutes, but it took the ambulance over an hour because they couldn’t control the bleeding and get me stabilized.’

When Debbie eventually arrived at the new hospital, doctors continued to try to save her life for three hours.

She said: ‘Jonathan was waiting outside and the nurse just kept coming in and out to get more blood. Essentially, every drop of blood in my body was replaced.’

‘I was in a coma but, though I couldn’t move or speak, I knew what was going on. The doctors told me it can happen but it’s quite rare.

‘It was the most frightening moment of my life because I didn’t know if I was ever going to come out of it. I just wanted to speak but I couldn’t.

‘I had gone from desperate for a baby to just desperate to be alive.’

Two days later, doctors discovered she had suffered the rare pregnancy complication placenta percreta, which involves the organ attaching itself to a c-section scar and growing through the bladder. 

Not wishing to ruin the getaway, Debbie risked her life by continuing the holiday for 10 days

Not wishing to ruin the getaway, Debbie risked her life by continuing the holiday for 10 days

Not wishing to ruin the getaway, Debbie risked her life by continuing the holiday for 10 days

At  hospital at home, Debbie's bleeding escalated as doctors removed the foetus

At  hospital at home, Debbie's bleeding escalated as doctors removed the foetus

At hospital at home, Debbie’s bleeding escalated as doctors removed the foetus

Doctors struggled to save Debbie's life for three hours and were forced to put her in a coma 

Doctors struggled to save Debbie's life for three hours and were forced to put her in a coma 

Doctors struggled to save Debbie’s life for three hours and were forced to put her in a coma 

She had a complete blood transfusion, saying 'every drop of blood in my body was replaced'  

She had a complete blood transfusion, saying 'every drop of blood in my body was replaced'  

She had a complete blood transfusion, saying ‘every drop of blood in my body was replaced’  

THE RISE OF G4 

G4 are a four-piece opera group who finished in 2nd place in the first series of the X Factor in 2004.

After the show finished, the band signed with Sony and had a number one album. They had a further two records before splitting in 2007.

Lead singer Jonathan Ansell went on to pursue a solo career. His album Tenor at the Movies, released in 2008, reached number one in the classical chart. 

Jonathan met his wife Debbie King at a nightclub. They married in 2008 and have two children, Siena, six, and Dexter, two.   

In 2014 the band announced on Twitter they would be reforming with a tour and Christmas album.

They released their fifth album in February 2017.  

‘I have missed weeks of my kids’ lives’ 

Debbie said: ‘They told me it is so rare and none of the doctors had ever treated anything like this before. I have been told that I will become a case for medical journals and textbooks.

‘I felt lucky to be alive but was petrified about the surgery I was still facing.’

Doctors tried to remove as much of her placenta as possible without damaging her bladder. Although the operation was a success, Debbie is still in a lot of pain and could have lasting internal damage.

She said: ‘They still don’t know for sure if my bladder will go back to normal but I am reasonably young, fit and healthy and we hope it will.

‘I have missed weeks of my kids’ lives – things like seeing them go back to school. I know they are fine and are being cared for but I just want to be their mum and go home to them. I can’t wait to enjoy tiny little things like reading a bedtime stories to my kids.

‘Throughout everything, Jonathan has been incredible. He hasn’t left my side, other than to sleep. He was meant to go on tour in Ireland but he postponed the shows for the first time ever because he was scared about what was happening.  

Although recovered, Debbie suffers agonising pain and may have permanent internal damage

Although recovered, Debbie suffers agonising pain and may have permanent internal damage

Although recovered, Debbie suffers agonising pain and may have permanent internal damage

Debbie has been told she will be studied in medical journals as the scenario is so rare

Debbie has been told she will be studied in medical journals as the scenario is so rare

Debbie has been told she will be studied in medical journals as the scenario is so rare

Debbie is looking forward to being back with her children (pictured with her mother Wendy)

Debbie is looking forward to being back with her children (pictured with her mother Wendy)

Debbie is looking forward to being back with her children (pictured with her mother Wendy)

Jonathan did not leave Debbie's side during the ordeal and even delayed G4's tour 

Jonathan did not leave Debbie's side during the ordeal and even delayed G4's tour 

Jonathan did not leave Debbie’s side during the ordeal and even delayed G4’s tour 

‘I didn’t want to spoil the holiday for the kids’  

When Debbie was just 10-weeks pregnant, her, Jonathan and their children went on holiday to Lanzarote.

Early in Debbie’s pregnancy, she suffered some bleeding but an ultrasound scan revealed no cause for concern.

Yet, three days into their holiday, Debbie started bleeding again. Concerned, she went to a local doctor for an ultrasound.

Debbie said: ‘The doctor scanned me and said that he could see a heartbeat, but it was very slow and the foetus wasn’t moving. He wanted me to go to the bigger hospital in the capital Arrecife.

‘We got there and had a scan but unfortunately after a few minutes, the doctor said there was no heartbeat.’ 

‘I put on a brave face. We hadn’t told anyone about the pregnancy. It was really hard and there were moments when I was very sad but I didn’t want to spoil the holiday for the kids.’  

Early in her pregnancy, she suffered some bleeding but a scan revealed no cause for concern

Early in her pregnancy, she suffered some bleeding but a scan revealed no cause for concern

Early in her pregnancy, she suffered some bleeding but a scan revealed no cause for concern

Three days into the holiday, Debbie started bleeding. Concerned, she went to a local doctor

Three days into the holiday, Debbie started bleeding. Concerned, she went to a local doctor

Three days into the holiday, Debbie started bleeding. Concerned, she went to a local doctor

Debbie put on a brave face for the rest of the holiday but says she had very sad moments 

Debbie put on a brave face for the rest of the holiday but says she had very sad moments 

Debbie put on a brave face for the rest of the holiday but says she had very sad moments 

 

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