Christy Dignam has spoken out about his recent brush with death. The Aslan star is currently battling two forms of incurable cancer, multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, but contracted a potentially fatal infection last month which saw him rushed to hospital.
The 56-year-old was taken by ambulance to Connolly hospital in Blanchardstown, and quick thinking by paramedics ensured that he made it through.
Speaking to the Irish Sun Christy said, “I nearly died. The ambulance men told me they were going to head for Blanchardstown Hospital rather than Beaumont, where my files were, because there simply wasn’t time.
“Because my immune system is so worn down by chemo, it will be an infection that kills me, not cancer. That’s why my wife Katherine keeps an eye on me.”
The Crazy World singer recalls the morning he was urgently brought to the hospital, stating that he thought his final day had come.
“She (Katherine) took my temperature at 7am that morning, it was fine but a few hours later, it had shot up. My heart was racing too.
“When Katherine called the hospital for advice, they told her to call an ambulance immediately. I know I nearly died. It was that close,” he said.
Christy recently lost his friend and bandmate Pat ‘Fitzy’ Fitzpatrick to cancer, and said that he “leaves a massive hole in our life, as a musician, an arranger and most of all as a good and trusted friend.”