‘I thought I was a goner’ | Heart attack scare for Mrs Brown's Boys star Brendan O'Carroll

‘I thought I was a goner’

Heart attack scare for Mrs Brown's Boys star Brendan O'Carroll

Brendan O’Carroll has told of how he was rushed to hospital after a day filming Mrs Brown's Boys, thinking he was having a heart attack.

The comedian said ‘I thought I was a goner’ after he woke in the night feeling very unwell.

He asked his wife Jenny – who plays his daughter Cathy Brown in the show – to call an ambulance to the apartment hotel in Glasgow where they were staying while filming the Christmas special of BBC One sitcom.

‘At about 2am I had to wake Jenny up. I said to her, "You should call an ambulance I think I’m having a heart attack.",’ he recalled.

They went down to the street to meet the medics, and he said: ‘When Jenny and I were in the lift we were still on to 999. The guy was giving her instructions: he told her to put her hand on my tonsil, to count my heartbeat, saying: "If he falls, put him on his side..

‘It was all going on. I had the fright of my life and I thought I was a goner.’

But the illness was actually a ‘very violent’ bug.

‘When I got in the ambulance they did the tests and said "Well it is not your heart ’",’   the 62-year-old told Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late show in Ireland.

‘The minute he said that, I vomited. I vomited it out for 12 hours. I couldn’t have eaten what I threw up.’

A spokeswoman for the actor said he is now  feeling ‘tip-top’.

Published: 18 Oct 2017

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