X Factor 2011: Kitty Brucknell 'nearly died' after contracting "killer disease"

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X Factor hopeful Kitty Brucknell has told how she was paralysed by a rare disease last year, which nearly left her dead. A pal of the singer has already claimed the condition could kill her due to the stress of the show, and now Kitty herself has spoken out about the disorder...

Kitty is one of eight Overs through to judges' houses, with Louis Walsh picking just four to compete in the live shows from next month.

Recalling her escape from death, Kitty said: “It was the most ­terrifying experience of my life. I had no idea what was ­happening to me.

“I lay there screaming for help at the top of my voice, but nobody came. I was convinced I was going to die right there.

“I realised the only way I was going to survive was if I could get downstairs and get help.”

Kitty was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can leave sufferers unable to move, speak or eat for months as the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system.

Despite doctor's fears, Kitty was determined to get back on feet again - so she could audition for The X Factor.

“About a month into my recovery I swore I would enter if I ever got better," she tells the tabloid. "It took three months, but I got there – and here I am now.”

But she added: “The condition never really leaves you. If it came back at an important stage of the competition I’d be in trouble.”

PIC: Copyright Talkback Thames/Ken McKay

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