Amanda Holden says NHS 'saved her life' as she urges others to show staff gratitude

Amanda Holden presents the PPL Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year award during the 2018 Classic BRIT Awards held at Royal Albert Hall on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Amanda Holden encouraged her Heart Breakfast radio show listeners to support the NHS as she recounted how they had once saved her life, as well as provided her with care when her son was stillborn.

It came as she discussed the 'Clap for Carers' initiative which is set to take place on Thursday as UK residents have been urged to clap from outside their homes to demonstrate their support for the NHS amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Britain's Got Talent judge declared: "[The NHS] have always been important to Great Britain. They've always been important to all of us, but now more than ever we should be appreciating them.

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"I know for me personally, without getting tearful, they saved my life, literally. My sister was in a car accident two years ago, they saved her life, literally. They looked after us as a family when we lost a baby."

Amanda Holden has raised money for baby loss charity Tommy's. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Holden, 49, sadly lost her son Theo in 2011 when he was seven months old as his heart at stopped beating. It came a year after she had suffered a miscarriage at 16 weeks.

She has previously discussed how she was left in a critical condition following on from the birth of her second daughter, Hollie, now eight.

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After doctors attempted to remove her placenta without realising it was attached to her bladder, Holden lost vast amounts of blood and her heart even stopped temporarily before medical staff thankfully saved her life.

The star, who also shares 14-year-old Lexi with husband Chris Hughes, presented her Wednesday show from the studio having hosted the last few from her own home.

However, she ran into some trouble while doing so as she ended up being interrupted by the barking of her dog, Rudie.