Richard Madeley reveals wife Judy almost died after vomiting a litre of blood and being rushed to hospital

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RICHARD Madeley has revealed his wife Judy almost died after vomiting a litre of blood and being rushed to hospital.

The broadcaster, who gave up ­alcohol in November, reveals that the decision was directly linked to a serious scare over his wife Judy Finnigan’s health last year, which also led her to quit booze.

 Richard and Judy have been married since 1986

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Richard and Judy have been married since 1986

Speaking for the first time about the incident, he said: “She’d been taking Ibuprofen for sore knees and she had no clue that taking them on an empty stomach could seriously affect the stomach lining.”

One morning Richard looked on in horror as Judy woke up and vomited a litre of blood.

He said: “I dialled 999 and the ­ambulance arrived in about four minutes.

“They had her on a drip and got her to the Royal Free in Hampstead and she had two blood transfusions.”

 Wife Judy has stepped away from the spotlight completely

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Wife Judy has stepped away from the spotlight completely

Judy, 71, had surgery to remove four ulcers above the stomach lining including one in an artery which caused her to bleed out.

He said: “It was touch and f***ing go. While she was coming round from that, the surgeon said, ‘She’s going to be fine. Did you call the ­ambulance immediately?’

“I said, ‘Yes,’ and he said, ‘Good, because if you’d waited another 20 minutes she ­probably would have bled out.’ Half an hour tops and she would have died.”

Richard and Judy married in 1986 after they met while working on Granada TV.


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