I’m A Celeb’s David Ginola talks ‘dying for 12 minutes’ and ‘miracle’ survival

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star David Ginola spoke of his "miracle" survival after a heart attack left him "dead for twelve minutes" in 2017.

On Monday night's episode of the popular ITV series, the former professional footballer was asked by Naughty Boy: "Is that true about something that happened to you? You died and came back?'"

"Yes, I passed away for twelve minutes," 54 year old David, whose snoring disturbed his fellow campmates the night before, said.

Naughty Boy looked at his other shocked campmates as he admitted: "I didn't think that was possible!" before David opened up about his ordeal four years earlier at a charity football match.


David recalled: "I was just playing football, and at one stage, you just fall on the floor.

"So they have to perform CPR for 12 minutes, and they arrive with the defibrillator, and they shocked me one time, two times, three times…

"They said, 'No, I think your friend is dead.' A fourth, fifth time… the fifth time, they said, 'Oh, I have a heartbeat.'

"The surgeon said, 'You've been very lucky David, it's a miracle. In your condition, 9 out of 10 would have died.'"

David went on to explain: "When you come back from that, you just have your mind full of questions: "Is it a message, am I going back for a second life for a purpose?"

"Because when you're fighting when you're dead, you're on the crossroad – there's life and death."

Surgeons went on to perform a quadruple bypass to save David's life after he had swallowed his tongue and stopped breathing during the incident.

"It's one of a kind because you don't have any warnings," he said. "You could just walk like this and boom, fall over, and it's over. It is crazy when you think about it."

Elsewhere in the episode, I'm A Celebrity viewers were left in hysterics as the football legend woke up his campmates with his snoring in the clink.

After their first morning in the Welsh Gwrych castle, everyone in the poor camp arose feeling groggy and particularly cold.

But while some were tossing and turning, struggling to keep their eyes closed, the Frenchman was loudly snoring away.

Naughty Boy later joked in the Telegraph: "There's a lot of snoring, but not from everyone. David is a legend. But he also snores like a legend."

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