Dannii Minogue: I thought illness would kill me

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  • Dannii says she thought she was going to die before emergency surgery last year

    Dannii Minogue has revealed she thought she was going to die after battling illness for a year.

    The former X Factor judge was struck down with a thyroid condition that left her unable to climb the stairs, followed by a burst appendix that resulted in emergency surgery.

    At a charity lunch in Melbourne, Dannii revealed to Australia’s Herald Sun Newspaper how she begged her doctor to admit her to the hospital: ‘It was Easter weekend in London and I was scrunched up in a tiny ball because of the agony,’ she said.

    ‘I rang the GP and said, ‘If you don’t do something I will die. The pain was beyond anything – worse than giving birth to my son Ethan.’

    Dannii Minogue has admitted that the birth of her first child Ethan was ‘like nothing (she’d) ever experienced.’

    ‘I had a difficult labour because Ethan was in a difficult position – he was posterior, so for 20 hours I was in labour’
    she said.

    It was after childbirth that Dannii developed her thyroid problem: ‘I was holding Ethan in my arms and thinking, ‘Why can’t I walk up the stairs?’ she said.

    ‘Everything felt so hard and I was losing more and more and more weight.

    ‘It happens to a lot of women after they have a baby, I’m told. It’s a lot of pressure on your body. It’s like half a year where you don’t feel like you are in your own body. But I’m feeling good now and I’m just starting to feel normal again.


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