The famous Carte blanchepresenter Derek Watts had to learn to walk again after collapsing and ending up in hospital two weeks ago.
The TV personality, who became a household name as part of this investigative journalism program, initially thought he had suffered a stroke, but the doctors determined that it was severe sepsis.
Watts told Rhewal that he and his wife, Belinda, went to Hoedspruit on Sunday 19 March for his son, Tyrone’s, birthday.
“We went for a short walk and when we came back, my body started shaking, despite the heat. We wanted to go riding quad bikes, but I couldn’t get out of the car and Ty said there was something wrong. I felt as if I had lost all the strength in my body,” says Watts.
Emergency services were called and they suspected that Watts had suffered a stroke. He was taken by helicopter to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.
“An MRI scan was done which showed that I had not suffered any brain damage. Tests also indicated that there is nothing wrong with my heart.”
The doctors then determined that Watts had sepsis.
“They did a multitude of tests, but it is very difficult to identify the cause of the sepsis.”
Watts was treated with a series of antibiotics and other medications.
Morning! Looks scary but collapsed with suspected stroke in Hoedspruit 14 days ago and despatched to super pro Mill Park Hospital ICU. Diagnosed severe Sepsis which destroyed the bod in an hour! So learning to walk again. But back on your #carteblanche screen asap! @MNet @DStv pic.twitter.com/EuwubujWIU
— Derek Watts (@DerekWatts) April 2, 2023
He was in the hospital for ten days, five of which were in the intensive care unit.
“The specialists, doctors, nursing staff and cleaners were all amazing.”
Watts is currently recovering at home and a physiotherapist visits him regularly to help him with light exercises. At first he could not walk.
“In the hospital I walked through the corridors with the help of my physiotherapist who assisted me with oxygen. My physiotherapist at home helped me to walk for short distances, without any support.”
Watts says that at this stage it is difficult to determine what the long-term consequences of this setback may be.
“I just know that I want to return to work as soon as possible.”
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