Graham Norton asked an NHS worker if he was going to die after he was injured in a knife attack in 1989.
Norton will reportedly tell the emotional story in an upcoming book curated by Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt, which shares the stories of celebrities thanking the NHS for times in which they have needed medical help.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning on Thursday, Kay shared a few details from Norton’s harrowing story.
The attack happened when Norton, 57, was a drama student who had moved to London from Ireland.
Kay revealed the presenter nearly died after losing half of his blood in the attack.
“Not a bit stabbed, he got really stabbed,” described Kay.
“Lost half his blood volume, almost lost his life. He had just arrived in London and describes the NHS as the safety net, there to catch us when we fall, replacing the family he left behind in Ireland,” he said.
He continued: “He writes with extreme humour as you can imagine, but there was this chilling section, where he asks the nurse if he was going to die.
“Her long pause made his flesh hug his bones, but like for so many of us, the NHS saved his life.”
Kay is the curator and editor of the new book Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, which shares heartwarming stories of the NHS to thank them for their work during the coronavirus crisis.
Norton has recounted the story in the past, writing for The Telegraph in 2010 that the attack was immediately followed by an extra upset.
“To add insult to injury, not only did I lose half my blood but I lost my boyfriend too: he dumped me the next day, which wasn't the most tactful piece of timing,” he wrote.