BBC presenter Deborah James rushed to hospital amid cancer battle

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Deborah James is ‘feeling better already’ after being rushed to hospital (Picture: Instagram /bowelbabe)

BBC presenter Deborah James was taken to hospital yesterday suffering with a high fever and dehydration, just days after celebrating success with her chemotherapy. 

The You, Me and the Big C podcast host fell ill on Wednesday and shared photos of herself in hospital while hooked up to an IV drip. 

She told her followers: ‘Not how I want to start a Wednesday!

‘Had to go to A&E, was spiking 40 degree temperatures and was so dehydrated from not being able to keep anything in me!

‘Have spent the last 8 hours being pumped full of antibiotics and fluids – lots of fluids! Feeling better already! Hope this is a fly by visit!’ 

Deborah then revealed her disappointment at having to miss the Science Museum’s Cancer Revolution exhibition in Manchester after spending 18 months working on the event. However, she was able to pre-record a video that was shown to attendees in her absence. 

The BBC presenter suffered with a ‘spiking temperature’ (Picture: @bowelbabe, Instagram)

Days before her hospital visit, the broadcaster shared positive news with fans regarding her cancer battle after undergoing a round of chemotherapy. 

The 40-year-old explained: ‘MY CHEMO IS WORKING!  Words, I wanted to hear, but didn’t allow myself to think might happen.

‘I think I’ve been preparing for the worst actually. I have to say waiting for these scan results has been incredibly hard. In my head I’ve gone to hell and back. 

The broadcaster was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 (Picture: WireImage)

‘These are the first scans since my previous drugs stopped working, my liver packed up, and I got sepsis. We started me back on what was my first line “nuclear chemo” and it’s fair to say it’s floored me.’ 

Deborah added: ‘Despite the snippets of smiles and glam dresses I choose to share here (because they are the moments in my day that make me smile), behind closed doors this has been the hardest 3 months since my diagnosis physically (and mentally).’ 

The presenter was first diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in December 2016 and has since undergone various treatments including experimental drugs. 

In January 2020, doctors declared Deborah cancer-free but later found the disease had returned and she would require surgery. 

Last November, she had an operation on her 17th tumour.



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