Elton John’s new autobiography “Me” came out, today, October 15th, and a new excerpt printed in the UK press details Elton’s near death experience in 2017.
The health emergency happened after he had surgery for prostate cancer. He was back on stage just ten days later but when he started experiencing pain doctors discovered a complication, with fluid leaking from his lymph nodes. It took two and a half months to cure the issue, and it happened by accident, with Elton writing, “A routine colonoscopy shifted the fluid permanently, days before my 70th birthday.”
But then during a tour of South America he “couldn’t stop shaking,” and quickly returned to the UK and went to the hospital. He wound up having to have surgery to have the fluid drained from his diaphragm, and things even got worse from there.
“For two days afterwards, I was in intensive care. When I came round, they told me I’d contracted a major infection in South America, and that they were treating it with massive intravenous doses of antibiotics,” he writes. “But the fever came back. They took a sample of the infection… it was much more serious than they’d first realized,” sharing that doctors told him he was “24 hours from death.” After 11 days in the hospital he was finally able to go home.
“So I was incredibly lucky – although, I have to say, I didn’t feel terribly lucky at the time,” he shares. “I lay awake all night, wondering if I was going to die. In the hospital, alone at the dead of night, I’d prayed: Please don’t let me die, please let me see my kids again, please give me a little longer.”
Source: Daily Mail