Greg Rutherford left clawing at skin and screaming as illness hospitalises him

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Greg Rutherford left clawing at skin and screaming as illness hospitalises him
Greg Rutherford left clawing at skin and screaming as illness hospitalises him

Greg Rutherford was left screaming in agony and clawing at his own skin that left his wife terrified that he was about to die as he suffered from a mystery illness.

The 36-year-old Olympic champion needed emergency treatment and was pumped full of antibiotics and steroids as medics battled to treat his symptoms. His 35-year-old wife feared he would stop breathing - and she was also worried that she would crash and kill them both as she was forced to drive him to hospital as an ambulance would have taken 40 minutes to reach them.

The drama unfolded over the weekend - and Suzie shared all the details with her social media followers. The mum-of-three explained that she had been out at a friend’s house when Greg - who was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016 - called her in agony, sparking a frantic hospital dash.

Sharing information via Instagram - along with photos of Greg in hospital - Suzie wrote: “Had quite literally the scariest time of my life yesterday...

Greg Rutherford left clawing at skin and screaming as illness hospitalises him eidexiqreiqtrinvGreg Rutherford was rushed to hospital by his wife, Susie Verrill, after he suffered a suspected allergic reaction (@susiejverrill/Instagram)

“Was enjoying a lovely roast at a friends' house with the kids, Greg was at home because he'd been for a run and he text to say he was having an allergic reaction to something and felt itchy. I didn't think much of it until he rang me screaming two minutes later. And I mean SCREAMING.

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“He shouted 'YOU NEED TO GET HERE NOW' and so I drove back to our house while calling an ambulance, terrified I was about to get home and find him not breathing. 999 said it would take 40 minutes, but that's another issue to discuss for another day. Anyway I ran in the house found Greg there again, screaming. Acting like one of those people you see in videos where they've taken bath salts…”

Continuing the alarming account, Susie wrote: “He was clawing at his skin and just screaming. Repeatedly. He ran to our car and while I rang 999 again to say I'd have to take him, we had to run every red light and I had to focus on not crashing while he screamed and tried to grab the wheel...

Greg Rutherford left clawing at skin and screaming as illness hospitalises himWife Susie gave a detailed account of Greg's ordeal (@susiejverrill/Instagram)
Greg Rutherford left clawing at skin and screaming as illness hospitalises himWhile the Olympian himself also shared an update with fans (Instagram)

“He was delirious and I looked like I was kidnapping him. I was on the phone to the 999 call handler and the poor girl just kept saying, 'OK, yeah he doesn't sound good, please be safe but hurry' and I was like ok well this is a nightmare because I’ve been driving for 3 months. It was AWFUL.

“I was just waiting for him to stop breathing while also trying not to crash us.”

Susie then explained that she sent Greg in to the hospital to get treatment - and medics had to steer him away from the public as he was acting so wildly. She wrote: “I threw him out at A&E, parked and when I got there they told me they'd sent him through to Resus - I think mainly because he was a 6ft 3 bloke acting like a psychopath and didn't want to scare anyone.

“They pumped him full of steroids and antihistamines and it seemed to work pretty much immediately. Thankfully by the time I got there he'd stopped screaming and raking himself.”

And in a further update, she added: “The hospital recommended we get him tested, but said it could have also been rival. I appreciate rashes can appear with a viral illness...

“But his body went mad. The doctor who suggested the viral thing hadn't seen how Greg had been on arrival. I can't explain how much pain he was in. This is a bloke who shrugs off a grumbling appendix.”

Taking to Instagram himself, Greg also shared details of his ordeal. He uploaded a photo of himself attached to an IV and laying on a hospital bed with an aggressive-looking rash clearly visible all over his exposed skin. He wrote: “This is NOT how I expected my day to end.

“I suddenly had a massive allergic reaction to something (no idea what) and I had to get @susiejverrill to rush me to hospital. Thankfully they pumped me with a load of stuff and calmed it down. But it was HORRIBLE.

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“This rash was covering my entire body.”

He then shared a snap of himself looking calm while back at his home. He wrote: “I’m now home. A little achy still, but nothing like earlier. I was trying to get my skin off it was so bad.

“I’m going to have to get some tests done to figure out what it was, as I NEVER want to experience that again.”

He added: “Thanks to the lovely nurses and doctors for helping me so fast. I was screaming at one point… so apologies for that too.”

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