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 Jeremy Clarkson Lays Into 'Impossible' Hospital Stay After Recent Battle With Pneumonia

Jeremy Clarkson Lays Into 'Impossible' Hospital Stay After Recent Battle With Pneumonia

He could have died had he not received treatment.

James Dawson

James Dawson

Jeremy Clarkson has described his 'impossible' hospital stay during his life-threatening battle with pneumonia earlier this month.

The Grand Tour presenter fell ill while on the Spanish island of Majorca and revealed the extent of his suffering in his Sunday Times column.

He explained that he spent 'three nights spent spasming in my bed' before a doctor sent him for tests.

Following his arrival at hospital medics told him he would be admitted 'for at least a week'.

He initially called it 'impossible', however, he relented after doctors told him he would die if he refused.

The TV presenter described his boredom in the hospital as 'so bad I thought often about killing myself'.

He writes: "I'm sure many of you will have found yourself in hospital, not having planned to be there.

"But for me it was a new experience. And a weird one.

"Because I was in a room with nothing on the walls except wallpaper, and most of that was coming off."

Clarkson has now left hospital, but faces two months of recuperation.

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He added: "This is the problem with hospitals. People who stay in them become institutionalised and incapable of speaking about anything other than what nurse brought what drug at what time.

"Boredom turns them into bores.

"And when they get out, as I have, and there is nothing to do for two whole months apart from get better, things are even worse, because all I can talk about is my illness."

In the aftermath of the health scare he released a short statement on DriveTribe, saying that he would be 'out of action' for a while.

He said: "Thanks for all the good wishes. And to keep you up to date, I'll be out of action for quite some time apparently. It's really really annoying because I've never had one day off work since I started in 1978."

Credit: DriveTribe

The show took a set back in filming earlier in the year when Richard Hammond crashed, sending him to hospital. Yet again it'll take another set back with Clarkson's troubles, and will likely now be pushed back from its Autumn release date.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram / Jeremy Clarkson

Topics: Jeremy Clarkson