Hopeful Apprentice 2011 candidate Leon Doyle has revealed how he almost died as a child when he fell more than 60 feet out of a tree. The 26-year-old fast food entrepreneur told The Sun today that was on a life support machine whilst in a coma for a week at the age of 12.
Leon recalled the incident, saying: "I thought that's it - I'm dead. I could see myself falling out of the tree and it was like a dream, I was falling so fast.
"I just hit the ground like a sack of spuds and was out cold. My friends thought I was dead. The paramedics came and rushed me to the local hospital in Leeds. Everyone was really worried as I was totally unconscious."
Leon, who failed as Project Manager last week and survived being fired by the skin of his teeth, continued: "Apparently my heart stopped for a short while and I was technically dead, but thanks to the medics I was saved.
"I broke minor bones but it was a massive head injury that was causing the biggest worry."
The business brain added that he felt it was the life-changing accident which made him want to succeed. "I was determined that my accident would not hold me back," he explained.
"That's why I've always been a business nut. It's like I've been given a second chance. That's why I'm so keen to win The Apprentice."
The Apprentice 2011 continues on BBC1 tonight at 9pm.