Ireland’s Got Talent star Brandon Webb has revealed that his mystery illness that nearly killed him was caused by taking MDMA at a festival.
The 20-year-old, who appeared on the series earlier this year with his mum Sharon, alluded to doing ‘something that he shouldn’t have’ when he was out with friends, but didn’t state the extent while on the family friendly show.
Now, the Kildare-born crooner is speaking out about the truth behind the incident in the hope that others will learn from his close encounter with death.
Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Brandon explained: ‘I’d never done any drug before but as I drank more I let my guard down. I took MDMA and it all went downhill from there.
‘I suffered a minor stroke and was rushed to Naas Hospital. My mam got a call that morning at 4am and rushed over – she thought it was a joke at first.
‘I had over 300 seizures in an hour and ended up on life support, they put me into an induced coma on the Monday morning and told my mum and dad to say their goodbyes.’
After waking up only to have another seizure, he was placed back into a coma and his parents were told he would possibly never wake up
In the VT for Ireland’s Got Talent, Sharon explained her horror, and said: ‘The doctors were saying that his brain had been starved of so much oxygen that they didn’t know what damage was done.
‘I was holding his hand and we were told to say goodbye to him. I kept talking to him. I was singing to him.’
‘I said, “Come on bud, come back to me”,’ she added. ‘He woke up. It just wasn’t his time.’
Thankfully, he recovered, and later went on to bring the IGT judges – Denise Van Outen, Ed Byrne, Michelle Visage and Louis Walsh – to tears when he performed with his mum.
Host Lucy Kennedy also gave the pair her golden buzzer.
Ireland’s Got Talent continues on Virgin Media One in Ireland.
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