Apprentice star Karren Brady’s near-fatal condition: ‘I was terrified that I would die.’
KARREN BRADY, Baroness Brady, is best known for being the current vice-chairman of West Ham United FC and for playing one of Alan Sugar’s aides on The Apprentice.
The star’s life was turned upside down when she went for a routine health check away from her business success.
While juggling a hectic work schedule, The Apprentice star admitted to The Guardian in 2006 that she tries–and succeeds–to stay healthy, never missing a day due to illness.
However, by chance, the actress decided to have a health screening, which she was extremely grateful for because doctors discovered she had a brain aneurysm.
After doctors discovered the aneurysm, the Baroness, who is a member of the House of Lords, was told she had a 30% chance of dying, prompting her to undergo life-saving surgery.
“I was at my desk when they called to say the radiologist had discovered a brain aneurysm – a potentially fatal weakening in a brain artery that could rupture at any time,” Brady told The Guardian.
“I knew what it was because my uncle died of a ruptured aneurysm in his early 40s and my financial director had one as well, though he had surgery and is now fine.”
I was completely taken aback.
I didn’t have the slightest feeling of being sick.
“I needed immediate treatment to keep it from rupturing, so I scheduled an appointment with a neurologist the next day.”
I was curious as to whether or not I would make it to the next day.
I immediately went on the internet after I finished speaking with the radiologist.”
As the Baroness freely admits, consulting “doctor Google” was the worst thing she could have done.
“A third of people are fine after a rupture, a third are disabled, and a third die.”
The more you read on the internet, the worse it becomes; you begin to panic.
I was terrified of dying or having a stroke at any moment.
“The only time I cried was when I was looking at the website for the brain aneurysm foundation; it was so frightening.”
My main concern was for my children, as it appeared to be so unjust to them.”
Brady’s fears were unfounded.
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