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Ex-EastEnders star Dean Gaffney begged paramedics to save his life

Dean Gaffney says he's lucky to be alive. Photo: Errol Griffith/EMPICS Entertainment

Dean Gaffney has spoken of the horror car crash that left him pleading with paramedics to save his life.

The ex-EastEnders star was rushed to hospital after crashing his Mini Cooper last month.

Dean, 34, who played as Albert Square street cleaner Robbie, said that while he was in hospital he was worried the accident had ended his career.

He said: "One minute I'm driving along and then bang! The car is totalled and I'm lying in the passenger seat looking out at my blood-spattered dashboard.

I was hysterical and I'm not afraid to admit I was crying like a baby and pleading with the paramedics to save me. I was covered in blood and I just kept saying over and over 'you've got to help me'. I've got two children, please don't let me die, please don't let me die.

– Ex-EastEnders star Dean Gaffney

He told The Sun that he feared brain damage as doctors monitored him for four days and stitched his head together in surgery.

He added: "I kept thinking, 'oh god, my career is my face'.

Dean was driving after staying with an EastEnders friend, Des Coleman in Derby, when is car crashed into a barrier at 10.30pm.