AMANDA Holden has told how she almost died while giving birth to her daughter Hollie.
The Bishop’s Waltham-born star underwent a traumatic birth last month, and said her heart stopped beating for 40 seconds.
Her husband Chris Hughes did not know for seven minutes whether she was still alive as doctors ordered him from the delivery room.
Amanda, 41, suffered a massive haemorrhage and lost more than 27 pints of blood during the life-saving operation.
She said: ‘As much blood as they were putting into me was going out. It would not clot.
‘They literally ran out of my blood group in London. They had them on mopeds coming from everywhere with it.’
Amanda went into labour on Monday, January 23, a week before Hollie was due. Mother and baby are now back at home.
Speaking this weekend to the Sun on Sunday, the Britain’s Got Talent presenter said: ‘I’m so glad people take the time to give blood.
‘I always knew it was important, but until something like this happens to you or someone you love you don’t really take on board how absolutely vital it is.
‘It’s because of the kindness of strangers that I am here now and I can never thank them enough.’