Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner reportedly found himself fearing for his life as his leg "blew up like an airship" after an insect bite. The ever critical ice judge was rushed to hospital last month being bitten by a "blood-sucking sand fly" whilst filming in Belize in Central America for a documentary.
He told The Sun today about the incident: "It was an absolutely horrible experience. My skin was literally bubbling and exploding. To go to a clinic for tropical diseases and then be rushed into an emergency hospital was very scary, but thank God I'm on the mend now."
Meanwhile a friend added: "Jason was in agony. His leg just blew up like an airship and he couldn't walk.
"He genuinely thought he was at death's door. He knew he'd been bitten but couldn't believe how much it swelled up. But on closer inspection it was revealed that this fly had laid eggs in his leg too.
"Talk about disgusting.
"Fortunately doctors were on hand to get him into hospital as quickly as they could and they managed to get the swelling down."
Jason will be back on TV tomorrow night with new ITV1 series Born to Shine, hosted by former news reader Natasha Kaplinksy.