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Eileen (played by Sue Cleaver) has become a paramount character to Coronation Street, posing as a mother figure to many younger characters.

However, in July of this year, actress Sue, 56, took ill while filming for the ITV soap and believed she was suffering from a severe bout of IBS.

It wasn’t until her husband realised something was seriously wrong was Sue rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with sepsis; a condition which sees the immune system overreact to an infection.

Speaking on This Morning today on World Sepsis Day, the soap star spoke out about her ‘horrific’ ordeal and how close she came to death.

Joining presenters Eamonn Holmes, 59, and Ruth Langsford, 59, the actress sat alongside Dr Ranj Singh, 40, to speak about her ordeal which occurred on set during the hottest day of the year.

Sue said: “I didn’t really take it seriously. I suffer like many people with IBS and I thought I was having a flare up of IBS.

“I didn’t know I had sepsis until the next day when the consultant came on the ward,” the actress explained after telling the hosts it was her husband who made contact with their daughter-in-law who is a paramedic and urged her to get to hospital.

The soap star added of her initial attempt to put off visiting the hospital: “The biggest lesson for me is that we stride on through life. We’ve got commitments and we just put up and get on with things and that’s a big mistake.”

Ruth asked: “It must have crossed your mind a lot during that time if your daughter-in-law hadn’t of said to your husband ‘get her to hospital now,’ you’d rested, you probably wouldn’t be sitting here now.

Actress Sue replied: “All I wanted to do was sleep. If he hadn’t have come home and I had gone to sleep, what would’ve happened?” she went on to ask Ranj.

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The doctor stated: “The outcome would’ve been very different for you.

“The earlier you treat it, the better your outcome is so the less likely you are to experience any organ damage or tissue damage and the less likely you are to die from it.

Sepsis claims around 44,000 deaths each year, with 25,000 children affected by the condition over a 12 month period which can result in a disability and amputations if the infection becomes too extreme.

Sue’s condition came as a result of a kidney infection and explained it hasn’t taken some time to get over her ordeal.

“It’s taken me quite a long time to get better, which I’m surprised at,” the soap star added,” going on to talk about how she was feeling in the initial aftermath.

“Horrific nightmares, really strange nightmares of being shot or having a noose around my neck and having to jump over a ravine,” Sue explained.

Ranj also detailed the signs and symptoms adults should look out for if they believe they have sepsis.

The six symptoms include; slurred speech or confusion, extreme shivering or muscle pain, passing little or no urine, severe breathlessness, it feels like you’re going to die/impending death and skin is mottled or discoloured.

After revealing she has since returned to work for three days since her ordeal, Sue told the presenters she had struggled to remember her lines as a result of her condition.

Rounding off the interview, Sue said: “I feel pretty much like my old self,” with Ruth adding: ”We’re glad you’re hear to tell us about it because it could’ve been a lot worse.”

Coronation Street continues tonight at 7.30pm on ITV. This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.


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