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.
Debbie King, 40, the wife of Jonathan Ansell, 35, who is the lead singer of the operatic group G4, suffered what is known as a placenta percreta.
Debbie, who presented the game show Quizmania, endured life-threatening bleeding, which required doctors to put her in a coma and give 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 is unsure if the damage done to her organs will ever be resolved.
The wife of an X Factor star almost bled to death after suffering a rare pregnancy complication
After a devastating miscarriage, Debbie King, 40, suffered what is known as a placenta percreta (pictured with husband Jonathan, 35, and their children Siena, six, and Dexter, two)
'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.
Doctors fitted Debbie with a Rusch balloon, which prevents vessels bleeding.
She said: 'They left it in for four hours but when they tried to take it out, I just starting bleeding a lot. I could feel the blood pouring out of me and my blood pressure was dropping massively.'
Debbie was raced back to theatre where her bleeding continued for hours, resulting in her being rushed to St James's Hospital in Leeds.
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.'
Arriving at St James' around midnight, Debbie was taken straight to theatre where 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.'
After two days, Debbie was taken to a general ward and monitored.