Pop Idol star Darius Campbell left in a coma after drinking dirty Thames water in bungled charity promo

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POP Idol singer Darius Campbell revealed a botched stunt necking filthy Thames water to promote bottle filters left him in a coma.

The star, 37, was demonstrating the devices for his Fresh2o safe drinking charity.

 Darius drank from the Thames through the filter, unaware it was just a prototypeYouTube Darius drank from the Thames through the filter, unaware it was just a prototype

But he was left fighting for his life after contracting meningitis and swelling on the brain as the gizmo proved to be just a prototype.

Darius, from Glasgow, said: “The filters remove 99.99 per cent of bacteria.

“I drank the water for a video beside the sewage outlet but when I went to see my mum for her birthday I collapsed.”

Dad Booth Danesh rushed him to hospital, sparking fears the charity’s filters were faulty.

 Scots singer Darius Campbell shot to fame on Pop Idol and Popstars Scots singer Darius Campbell shot to fame on Pop Idol and Popstars

A DEADLY CONDITION THAT CAUSES SWELLING AROUND THE BRAIN

It can easily be mistaken for flu or a hangover in adults, but knowing the signs of meningitis can prove life-saving.

The deadly disease can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young kids and young adults.

Meningitis causes an inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and can be triggered by bacteria or a virus.

If it is not treated quickly meningitis can develop in deadly septicaemia, or blood poisoning, that can cause permanent damage to the brain or nerves.

Around 3,200 people a year are diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and one in 10 die or are left with life-changing disabilities.

Viral forms of meningitis are less common and rarely life-threatening.

What are the key symptoms?

The symptoms of meningitis can develop very quickly, and include:

  • a high fever – over 37.5 degrees (the average temperature)
  • being sick
  • a headache
  • a blotchy rash that won’t fade when a glass is rolled over it
  • stiffness, especially in the neck
  • drowsiness, irritability or a lack of energy
  • cold hands and feet
  • seizures

In babies the symptoms can be slightly different, they may:

  • refuse to eat
  • be agitated and not want to be picked up
  • having a bulging soft spot on their head
  • be floppy and inresponsive
  • have an unusual, high-pitched cry
  • have a stiff body

 

Source: Meningitis Research Foundation

Darius, whose mum Avril was battling breast cancer, said of the 2015 scare: “I got a shock worrying that others could’ve died because of this.

"It was a huge sigh of relief when we found out the filter I used was a display model.”

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