BGT star Tom Ball hospitalized with ‘life-threatening condition’ just hours before live finale

Britain’s Got Talent star Tom Ball was hospitalized with a ‘life-threatening condition’ just hours before the show’s live grand finale.

The 24-year-old singer stunned millions of viewers with his exciting performance in the grand final on June 5 this year, with Tom finishing in third place behind eventual winner Axel Blake and runner-up Jamie Leahey.

However, just 24 hours beforehand, Tom — who has type 1 diabetes — was in the emergency room being treated for ketoacidosis — a serious and potentially deadly complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones.

Ordeal: Britain’s Got Talent star Tom Ball was hospitalized with a ‘life-threatening condition’ just hours before the show’s live grand finale

In a new interview, the West Sussex teacher described his fears about missing his big moment as he thought ‘this can’t happen’, with Tom revealing how he kept his ordeal a secret from BGT producers in case he was kicked out of school would be achieved. contest.

During the competition, Tom had managed to manage his condition, with his ability to sing possibly affected by his blood sugar levels.

However, just two days before the live finale, Tom began to feel seriously unwell, with his wife Hannah calling 911 before being told to take him to hospital.

Condition: Tom - who has type 1 diabetes - was treated in the emergency room for ketoacidosis - a serious and potentially fatal complication of diabetes

Condition: Tom – who has type 1 diabetes – was treated in the emergency room for ketoacidosis – a serious and potentially fatal complication of diabetes

Tom told The Sun: ‘I was just starting to feel awful. I felt really sick and just completely drained. I was in bed after a day of trying to get my ketones under control, and my wife and I finally called NHS 111, who told us to go to the hospital because things weren’t getting under control.

He added that he had been hospitalized about eight times in his life due to his diabetes. adding that things “had to be serious” before he did.

Tom continued that Hannah took him straight to the emergency room, where he then received hours of “specialist medical care” to get his chronic condition “under control” as the singer counted down the hours until the finale.

Big moment: The singer, 24, wowed millions of viewers with his thrilling performance in the grand final on June 5 this year, with Tom taking third place

Big moment: The singer, 24, wowed millions of viewers with his thrilling performance in the grand final on June 5 this year, with Tom taking third place

Ordeal: Just two days before the live finale, however, Tom began to feel seriously unwell, with his wife Hannah calling 911 before being told to take him to hospital

Ordeal: Just two days before the live finale, however, Tom began to feel seriously unwell, with his wife Hannah calling 911 before being told to take him to hospital

WHAT IS KETOACIDOSIS?

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a dangerous buildup of chemicals in the body when someone runs out of insulin.

Insulin is a hormone the body uses to absorb sugar for muscle energy, but people with diabetes often don’t produce enough.

When they run out, the body desperately begins to break down fat for energy. This can be called a buildup of chemicals called ketones that are released when fat is digested.

As ketones build up and cause DKA, they can cause frequent urination, vomiting, stomach pain, sour smelling breath, difficulty breathing, drowsiness and confusion.

If left untreated, the patient can faint or even die in extreme circumstances.

It can affect type 1 or type 2 diabetics and can be caused by certain infections, heavy drinking or drug use, or missing doses of insulin.

Anyone who suspects they have the condition should call 911 or try to see a doctor. If they have severe symptoms, they should go to the ER.

Source: health service

Tom said that while he was concerned about his health, he longed to get well enough to perform on stage and not miss the greatest moment of his life.

He said, ‘I kept thinking, I can’t be here. This can’t happen. I have the final in two days.’

Describing the severity of the condition, Tom shared how the buildup of toxins “attacks your body” causing you to “lose limbs,” with Tom noting that the condition usually “affects your fingers and toes first.”

He added that the condition was also “watch out,” with the artist noting that it was “really hard” to stay “positive” ahead of the finale, knowing this.

Tom didn’t get home until four in the morning and immediately went to rehearsal, despite recovery from seizures usually taking days.

Despite his ordeal, Tom chose to keep the news a secret from show bosses, fearing they would withdraw him from the competition due to health concerns.

The singer spoke of how he wanted to take part in the final anyway and didn’t want “apologies” made for him in case his performance was “poor” or “didn’t go according to plan” – adding that he wanted results to talk about. himself and ‘not my diabetes’.

He continues: ‘I did tell my researcher in case something really went wrong, but I asked them not to tell anyone. I didn’t want it to be an issue. It was kept secret.’

Last week Tom revealed his battle with type 1 diabetes and speaking to The Mirror, he said he hopes to share his story to raise awareness and help others who may be suffering.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar to get too high.

“The condition is something I’ve lived with for a long time and was officially diagnosed when I was eight years old,” he told the publication.

Fears: Tom shared how although he was worried about his health, he longed to get well enough to perform on stage and not miss the greatest moment of his life

Fears: Tom shared how although he was worried about his health, he longed to get well enough to perform on stage and not miss the greatest moment of his life

He said that one day some of his students saw him checking his blood glucose levels, they asked questions and pushed him to open up about his struggles.

“But it wasn’t until my students asked questions about it when they saw me checking my blood glucose levels that I realized how important it was to talk about it and help them understand it.”

Tom is a Diabetes UK Ambassador ahead of World Diabetes Day.

Hush hush: Despite his ordeal, Tom chose to keep the news a secret from show bosses for fear they will withdraw him from the competition due to health fears

Hush hush: Despite his ordeal, Tom chose to keep the news a secret from show bosses for fear they will withdraw him from the competition due to health fears

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