Birmingham singer almost dies twice after catching the flu

A singer from Birmingham nearly died twice and was put into an induced coma after catching the flu.

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Birmingham singer almost dies twice after catching the flu

Johnny Normal nearly died twice after suffering from flu Credit: BPM Media

A singer from Selly Oak, Birmingham, nearly died twice and was put into an induced coma after suffering the flu.

Johnny Normal, 47, suffered two cardiac arrests, a stroke, liver and kidney failure because of the virus.

His condition was so serious that his wife Andrea and daughters Olivia, 15, and ten year-old Eve were told to say their goodbyes.

I never imagined flu could do this.

There were so many points when I should have died.

My wife was asked to bring my children in to say goodbye twice and they removed my wedding ring.

– Johnny Normal
Johnny Normal with his family Credit: BPM Media

The singer, who has toured with the likes of Adam Ant, was diagnosed with a flu and chest infection in March.

As he was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Edgbaston, it also emerged he had pneumonia in both lungs, liver and kidney failure and was put in an induced coma.

He was then transferred to Glenfield Hospital, in Leicester, for specialist treatment called ECMO, which carries out the actions of the lungs.

I underwent the treatment twice and afterwards I suffered the cardiac arrests and a stroke.

But the doctors at the hospital brought me back from the brink of death.

– Johnny Normal

As he finally began to recover, he was transferred to Warwick Hospital for more treatment.

Johnny is now raising money for the ECMO team at Glenfield Hospital as a way of thanking them for saving his life.

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