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Tony Cottee jabs the centre of his forehead. This, he says, is where the pain started.
Like we are now, Cottee was in a hotel this summer when his trauma began, a scare which, but for the intervention of ex Liverpool defender Phil Thompson, could have cost him his life.
Pair - London - Advert - Sky - Morning
The pair were staying in west London and were filming an advert for Sky the following morning.
'I went to my room at 10pm and within five minutes I was suffering the worst headache I've ever had, and then it spread to my neck,' says the former West Ham, Everton and England striker.
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'We'd played golf that day and it was 75°F, so I just passed it off as sunstroke, "All I need is a good sleep".' At 2.30am, Cottee began vomiting.
'It wasn't right. The pain in my neck was horrific and my head was ready to explode. I knew I was in trouble. I tossed and turned and then rang Thommo. He came down and was like, "Flippin' heck, look at you". My eyes were popping out.
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'He went to reception and, I didn't know this until later, paid for a doctor to come to the hotel.'
Thompson's decision would prove potentially life-saving. The doctor took one look at him and called an ambulance. He suspected meningitis. The paramedics arrived and asked a dazed Cottee what had happened.
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'A doctor has just been in, or at least I think he was a doctor,' he told them. 'He gave me a jab in my backside and left'. He is able to smile about it now.
After an MRI scan and further tests at West Middlesex Hospital, Cottee was moved to a private room. Talk of 'quarantine' and the sight of staff wearing protective masks did little to reassure him.
Morning - Condition
It was the following morning, however, when his condition...
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