By Cara Dudgeon

24th January 2020

Christopher Maloney has urged people to check takeaway reviews after he “nearly died” from eating crispy duck pancakes

Image Source/ Mirror

The former X Factor star had to spend two weeks in hospital when he contracted Campylobacter and Escherichia coli (E. coli) after a parasite embedded itself into his large intestine, and it has left him with lifelong condition colitis of the colon and of the large intestine.

Chris – who claims doctors told him he contracted E. coli “from the restaurant”, which he says had a “one star, or half a star” review – told Mirror Online:

‘I nearly died.

‘They were going to remove my colon and put me on a colostomy bag.

‘I honestly nearly died, my organs were shutting down’.

He also tweeted:

‘I really do want to stress the importance you ALWAYS CHECK THE REVIEWS & STAR RATINGS before you place an order on ANY food apps!

ITS AN ABSOLUTE MUST !! xx (sic)’.

Chris says it will take around 12 months “to feel like I’m back to normal”, but his “whole lifestyle” will now change after he was diagnosed with a lifelong condition.

He said:

‘I’ve had CT scans and abdominal X-rays, I’ve had colonoscopies and they confirmed it was campylobacter E. coli from the restaurant.

‘It was like something you get in a third world country.

‘It’s that bad that a parasite embedded itself into my large intestine and it’s given me colitis of the colon and colitis of the large intestine which means that it’s never going to go away, it’s a lifelong condition that needs to be monitored for the rest of my life.

‘But it’s the after effect now because it’s changed my whole lifestyle.

‘It’s going to take about 12 months for me to feel like I’m back to normal’.

The singer couldn’t eat for a week, which left him with “severe exhaustion and dehydration”.

He added:

‘I had severe exhaustion and dehydration because obviously I hadn’t eaten anything for a week, and campylobacter E.coli, it was absolutely shocking’.

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