Health & Fitness 'My brain swelled bigger than my skull' Scots singer Darius Campbell lapsed into coma after drinking dirty water from Thames

17:10  18 december  2017
17:10  18 december  2017 Source:   MSN

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Darius Campbell fell into a coma after drinking dirty water from the Thames for a charity advert. Darius filmed a promo clip for his charity Fresh2O Water filter - which is said to remove 99.9 per cent of all known " water -borne pathogens, bacteria and viruses"

The singer revealed his brain swelled up and he fell into a coma following a demonstration for the bottle top filter by charity Fresh2o. He drank water from the Thames through the filter, unaware that it was a prototype and not the real deal.

Darius Campbell wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Darius Campbell has told how he fell into a coma and almost died after drinking from the Thames to promote his water aid charity.

The Scots singer drank from the river to show how a bottle filter could make the water safe.

But the 37-year-old didn’t realise his bottle didn’t have a filter – produced by his charity Fresh2o – attached.

Darius, from Bearsden, near Glasgow contracted meningitis and cerebral oedema.

Fresh2o were set up to dig wells in Africa using profits from portable water filters.

Darius was shooting a demo video for the filter – which removes 99.9 per cent of known water-borne pathogens, bacteria and viruses – next to a Thames sewage outlet.

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DARIUS Campbell has revealed how he almost died after drinking from the Thames to promote his water aid charity. The singer drank water from the river to demonstrate how a bottle filter, launched by his charity Fresh2o, could make it safe.

Pop Idol star Darius Campbell almost died after drinking dirty Thames river water while trying to promote his charity's new water filter. “It turned out I had a cerebral oedema where your brain swells bigger than your skull .

Speaking for the first time about the incident yesterday, Darius said: 'I drank the water for the video and raised the funds but, when I went to Glasgow to see my mum for her birthday, I collapsed.

'It turned out I had a cerebral oedema where your brain swells bigger than your skull. Dad saved my life. He got me to hospital. They diagnosed it quickly.'

He’d caught an inflammatory virus from the Thames, which left his immunity low, then picked up bacterial meningitis.

His mum Avril, who was having chemo and radiotherapy for breast cancer when her son collapsed in 2015, kept a bedside vigil after he lapsed into a coma.

a man standing in front of a window: Credits: Internet Unknown © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Internet Unknown Darius added: 'As I came out of the coma, I remember my mum sitting beside the bed.

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Pop Idol star Darius Campbell left in a coma after drinking dirty Thames water in bungled charity promo. Colourblind singer , 37, has now recovered after drinking through a prototype filter for Fresh2o safe- drinking charity left him battling meningitis.

DARIUS CAMPBELL has revealed he nearly died after drinking dirty Thames water to promote a charity’s water filter back in 2015. "Turned out I had a cerebral oedema where your brain swells bigger than your skull ,” he added.

'It felt upside down and wrong because my mum was going through cancer treatment'

'Yet she was next to me with tears in her eyes telling my brother that they almost lost me.'

As Darius recovered, he was horrified that his charity’s water filters might have been to blame.

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He said: 'I suddenly got a shock, worrying that the water filters didn’t work and that they had been sent off and that other people could have died from this.

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Pop Idol star Darius Campbell left in a coma after drinking dirty Thames water in bungled charity promo. Colourblind singer , 37, was demonstrating the devices for his Fresh2o safe drinking charity when he was left fighting for his life after contracting meningitis.

Darius Campbell is a British singer , actor and producer from Scotland . Darius hit the headlines on December 17, 2017 when he revealed he had slipped into a coma after contracting meningitis when he drank water from the Thames .

'But other people who drank the water didn’t get sick and it was a huge relief when we found out the water filter I used was a display model without a filter.

'So, in an inadvertent way, I proved the water filter worked because the others who drank from a bottle with a filter in it, didn’t get sick.'

Darius is a founding ambassador of the non-profit Fresh2o with actress Keira Knightley and F1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton.

Candice Farmer, of Fresh2o, said: 'When Darius got sick, he realised the Thames water was the cause and it soon became clear he had used a water bottle minus the correct anti-viral filter.

'We work in countries like Madagascar, where the drinking water contains parasites and can make people very ill.'

Avril has been given the all clear after her cancer battle, while his dad, gastroenterologist Booth Danesh, also fought back from the disease a decade ago.

The star said: 'My illness knocked me off my feet and I was bed-bound for three months and picked up a new respect for what my parents went through.'

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'My brain swelled bigger than my skull' Scots singer Darius Campbell lapsed into coma after drinking dirty water from Thames .
Star tells of meningitis battle after stunt to promote an anti-viral filter for his water charity went badly wrong. Darius Campbell has told how he fell into a coma and almost died after drinking from the Thames to promote his water aid charity.

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