FORMER football star turned TV and radio personality Robbie Savage feared his “head was going to explode” when he fell seriously ill on a charity hike up Mount Kilimanjaro.
The ex-Wales international, who is originally from Wrexham, suffered a form of altitude sickness which can be potentially fatal on Sunday after he climbed 12,000ft of the 19,341ft high mountain in Tanzania.
Doctors found that the 38-year-old had fluid on the lung and critical levels of oxygen in the blood and he was rushed to hospital.
But fortunately the former Leicester City, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County star recovered and was well enough yesterday to visit an African school.
Savage was taking part in a trek to raise money for betting company William Hill’s Project Africa, which sponsors a school in Ol Maisor, Laikipia.
Recounting his ordeal on Twitter, Savage, an ex-pupil of Ysgol Bryn Alyn in Gwersyllt, Wrexham, said: “I’m out of danger now after good work by doctors and my guide in Kilimanjaro.
“Severe altitude sickness at 13,000ft is an awful and scary situation. Fluid on lung, thought my head was going to explode, dangerously low oxygen in blood, vomiting and dizziness then having to get below 9,000 ft as quickly as possible when your unable to walk straight and told if you go any higher you could possibly die is so, so scary.
“But thankfully I’m ok now and my team are doing wonderfully well, so brave and great people.
“On the descent down my guide said we have to be quick to miss the animal crossing of lions, buffalo and elephants which was not great news.
“Then a trip in the rescue vehicle on the darkest of roads in Kili, unlit , motorbikes with no lights on, people walking on the road, so dangerous. It’s one day I will never forget.”
Savage added: “But now it’s on to @WHprojectafrica to put fresh water into the school and village. There was no thought in going home. The children need all our help and it’s going to be a great 10 days, the mountain may have beaten me but nothing will stop me making this community happy. Life is far more important than my ego. I hope every one of the 25 left do it, they deserve to.”