Former Hollyoaks and Coronation Street star Chris Fountain has revealed he will need surgery after suffering a mini-stroke which left him “talking like a toddler”, according to a newspaper report.
The 35-year-old star said he could have died if he hadn’t got to hospital as quickly as he did.
He said he spent five days in hospital in London after waking up at home unable to speak properly in August.
Doctors told him he had suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA) – known as a mini-stroke – after a blood clot lodged in his brain, the actor said.
“I woke up one morning and knew something wasn’t right,” he told the newspaper. “My mom called me and I just couldn’t get my words out. I started walking around my house looking at things and I could think of what the word was like television or refrigerator but I couldn’t say that.
“I called 111 on my mum’s advice and they sent an ambulance for me, it was so scary.
“I felt stupid because I knew exactly what I wanted to say to the doctors but I couldn’t get the words out, I was talking like a little kid, I was really embarrassed.”
Fountain said he became emotional and cried when doctors told him what had happened.
“What’s scary is that if I hadn’t called 111 when I did and got to hospital so quickly I don’t know if that clot could have traveled to the wrong place in my brain, I could be dead,” he said. “That blood clot was like a ticking time bomb in my head.”
Fountain underwent tests at a stroke specialist at the Royal London Hospital, where doctors determined he had a hole in his heart which caused the blood clot.
He will now have a small operation to repair the hole, according to the report, and it is hoped that will prevent more blood clots from reaching his brain.
In addition to his acting career, Fountain also appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2008. However, he was sacked from Coronation Street after videos surfaced of him rapping about violence against women, for which he apologized at the time.