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BBC News star rushed to intensive care after catching rare disease in Majorca

A BBC star ended up in the ICU after catching a rare disease while on holiday.

BBC presenter David Garmston caught legionnaires’ disease while on holiday in Majorca.

David had to spend a week in intensive care after contracting the disease.

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The serious illness affects just around 200 people a year in the UK.

Legionnaires’ disease is a lung infection you can get from inhaling droplets of water from things like AC units or hot tubs.

David told BristolLive reports : “It turned out that I was incubating this rather nasty disease. The next thing I remember an ambulance arrived, although I can barely remember that, and then I woke up in hospital.

“I just put it down to being a bit anxious about things, but I was obviously quite ill at that time and didn’t realise it.”


Mr Garmston added: “The nurses held my hand for a week – day and night. I just can not thank them enough, they were magnificent and so were all the staff, I was very well looked after. The tea ladies in particular were amazing, they brought me so many cuppas and custard creams and gave us a laugh every day.

“That is one of my memories, I just looked forward to seeing them. I was just really humbled by the care I got. I owe them my life and I shall be forever grateful.”

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The BBC Points West presenter added: “The viewers have been amazing, they have written in asking where I am. I didn’t think anyone would notice I was off, but they have and I am incredibly grateful. It is a real boost that they have noticed and that they have cared.”

He added: “Everyone in the Points West family has been great as well, they have been really nice – more than I deserve.

“When they said people were writing in, I didn’t believe them. I thought they were just saying it to make me feel better, but it is a wonderful feeling actually that people had missed me. I feel very close to viewers, I feel they are part of the family really so I am really grateful.”

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