Strictly Come Dancing’s Nicola Adams ‘quick thinking’ saved her mum’s life after she contracted meningitis

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She might be having the best time competing on this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but Nicola Adams has opened up about the terrifying time her mum contracted meningitis.

Nicola's mum woke up not feeling too good, but her family thought she had the flu and didn't think much of it, with the Strictly star who was 14 at the time, and her younger brother Kurtis heading to school.

However, when the pair returned and Dee was still in bed, Nicola instinctively realised something wasn't quite right and called an ambulance.

The family later found out Dee had contracted meningitis and Nicola's quick thinking ultimately saved her mum's life.

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Speaking about the scary incident on her Desert Island Discs interview, the 38 year old, who is a part of the first same-sex pairing on Strictly Come Dancing, recalled: "At the hospital they were asking her questions and her brain had already started to close down from the meningitis.

"She couldn't remember her date of birth or how old she was, she said she had two daughters. I was like, wow, she's really sick," Nicola shared.

"We didn't realise she was dying and that's why her brain was starting to shut down and that's why she couldn't remember anything.

"Luckily we got her to the hospital in time and they were able to save her life,"

With her mum in hospital, the former professional boxer was left to look after her younger brother Kurtis on her own.

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"It was really tough. My mum was in hospital for a couple of months which left me and my brother at home.

"I had to pretty much do everything. I had to grow up quite quickly," she admitted.

"I felt I had to be the strong person."


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Even after her mum was able to leave the hospital three months later, Dee was still ill which meant Nicola had to take care of her.

"I was still taking care of my mum, even though she didn't like it very much. She wanted to back on her feet as quickly as possible.

"I had to get my brother up, get him ready for school, make sure I got to school in time, pick him up and have dinner then take him to see my mum at the hospital," the Olympian explained.

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