Cheryl Thanks Medics Eight Years After Malaria Battle

The 'X Factor' judge pays tribute to National Health Service on its 70th anniversary, especially those who nursed her during her malaria battle in 2010.

AceShowbiz - Cheryl has thanked the medics who helped her through her malaria battle eight years ago as Britain's National Health Service (NHS) cerebrates its 70th anniversary.

The singer was struck down by the disease in July 2010 after returning from a safari trip to Tanzania with Dancing with the Stars' Derek Hough, and was so ill that at one point she was given 24 hours to live by the doctors treating her.

Thanks to the work of the staff in several London hospitals, Cheryl made a full recovery, and to celebrate 70 years since the U.K.'s NHS was introduced, she paid tribute to those who nursed her back to health.

"8 years ago today the NHS were there for me when I needed them the most," the 35-year-old wrote in a Twitter post on Thursday, July 5. "I cannot begin to express my gratitude. We are so incredibly lucky to have them. Selfless people working day and night to help at any given time (prayer emoji) #grateful #NHS70."

The "Fight For This Love" singer, who shares 15-month-old son Bear with ex-boyfriend Liam Payne, recounted her experience in her 2012 autobiography "Cheryl: My Story", which she described as: "God's way of forcing me to stop and get off the roller coaster ride my life had become."

"Both lungs were filled with fluid, my liver three times normal size and I was five minutes from needing life-long kidney dialysis," the popstar continued. "I can clearly remember asking the nurse if I was dying — and feeling relieved when she said: 'It's a possibility.'"

British actor Jason Isaacs also expressed his gratitude to "Our brilliant National Health Service," as did Darkest Hour star Samuel West, son of Timothy West and Prunella Scales, who shared a photo of his baby daughter wearing a 'Born on the NHS' babygrow.

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