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Bucks Fizz star Jay Aston saved her daughter after spotting early signs of meningitis

By Hana Carter

Bucks Fizz's Jay Aston saved her daughter after she spotted early signs of meningitis after her husband nearly died from the illness.

The singer and her husband Dave Colquhoun were told that their daughter Josie, 19, only had a 50 per cent chance of survival.

Jay, 61, said she recognised the symptoms of the condition because Dave had battled it 19 years before.

Speaking on Loose Women, she told Kay Adams, Frankie Bridge, Katie Piper and Jane Moore: "We almost lost her.”

She said that her daughter had been on a health kick before she fell ill.

Jay went on: “She called me to say she wasn't feeling well...

Jay Aston's daughter Josie was rushed to hospital with meningitis (Instagram)
She had a rash all over her body and her temperature had soared (xxxxxx/Instagram)

“She'd been lying in the sun and I thought had a bit of heatstroke.”

They tried to bring her temperature down, but nothing would work.

“I had her in my bed with me and she woke up at about 3am and told me, 'I'm not right.'"

She said then, breaking into tears: "If she'd gone in her own bed I don't think I'd have a daughter," before the panelists comforted her.

Jay said that she found a rash on Josie's arm in the early hours of the morning, to which her reaction was "oh god, not again."

Jay recognised the rash on her daughter's body after her husband suffered with it (ITV)

She said that the rash was identical to the one her husband had nearly two decades prior.

Josie was rushed to the hospital and within an hour her entire body was covered in the rash.

"Within one hour she was covered in the rash, literally everywhere. She was petrified. A day and a half later all her organs were failing.

"We need to put her in a coma, she was in a coma for 5 days. She said 'mummy I will be awake on Mother's Day'... she didn't wake up on Mother's Day, but she woke up two days later."

She said that she nearly lost her daughter (ITV)

Her lungs began to fail and she was given oxygen and treated with antibiotics.

She remained in the coma for five days, and Jay stayed by her side throughout.

Eventually Josie opened her eyes and after a day, she got her speech back.

She was then transferred to a specialist unit at Kings College Hospital in London after it was discovered she had kidney damage.

Jay was in Bucks Fizz who won Eurovision in 1981 (Getty Images)

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Jay took to Instagram to share a photo of the first photo of Josie since she was discharged from hospital.

She captioned the post: "First trip out with Dave and our daughter Josie on my birthday, at the Crazy Bear lovely! Little steps to recovery. Thanks for all my wonderful Birthday messages".

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges).

It can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults.

Symptoms include a high temperature, being sick, a headache and a rash that doesn't go away when you roll a glass over it.

Josie is currently undergoing blood transfusions and kidney dialysis and has a rash on her forehead and knees.

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