Britains Got Talent singer Paul Potts bad breath signalled illness

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English tenor Paul Potts had been walking around with stomach pain and bad breath, before he learned that his appendix had burst. Potts stepped into the limelight after his awe-inspiring performance on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, back in 2007. He performed Nessun Dorma, from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot, which is about a princess who poses three riddles to any prince who dares to court her.

If they fail, they are brutally killed, but one suitor answers correctly and suddenly holds all the power.

Playing such a huge part was worlds away from Potts everyday life as a mobile phone salesman in South Wales.

Since then, Potts had a number one in the UK Singles Chart with his debut album, One Chance, he has toured across the world, released a biography, and recently competed on The Masked Singer.

Speaking to The Mirror, Potts revealed that he once required emergency surgery or else he “could have died”.

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“For a couple of weeks, I’d been walking around with stomach pain so bad it was causing me to limp,” he recalled.

Referred to the hospital in 2002, Potts said: “After smelling my breath, the specialist said it could knock out a donkey.

“I was told it was ­appendicitis and that my appendix had burst. If they hadn’t operated immediately, I could have contracted peritonitis, which can lead to septicaemia, and I could have died.”

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The NHS explains the appendix is a “small, thin pouch”, up to four inches ling, that is connected to the large intestine, “where poo forms”.

Appendicitis is when the appendix is swollen, which leads to intermittent pain in the middle of the stomach.

“Within hours, the pain travels to the lower right-hand side, where the appendix usually lies, and becomes constant and severe,” the NHS adds.

People who have the condition might lose their appetite, feel sick, and have constipation or diarrhoea.

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“If you have appendicitis, it’s likely your appendix will need to be removed as soon as possible,” the health body adds.

“As the causes of appendicitis are not fully understood, there’s no guaranteed way of preventing it.”

Ending up back in the hospital on New Year’s Eve with complications from the surgery, Potts overheard the doctor mutter the words “tumour” and “malignant”.

He thought to himself, “Oh my God, have I got a tumour or cancer?”

Potts explained: “They’d discovered this massive 29cm-long tumour on my adrenal gland about 1 inch away from my liver.

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“They told me they’d have to thread the tumour through my vocal chords and if they’d got that wrong by a millimetre and scratched the chords, my voice would have been ruined.”

Delving into the details, Potts said: “The operation in March 2003 lasted about seven hours.

“And they had to cut a huge fold through my chest and pull it back like a page to operate, so I’ve still got an enormous scar.”

Paul Potts is starring on James Martin’s Saturday Morning, 9:30am on ITV, April 1.

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