Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy

She has been sent insulting tweets by people telling her to 'never wake up'

Lizzie Dearden
Monday 03 August 2015 08:57 BST
Katie Hopkins says she suffers up to four epileptic seizures a night
Katie Hopkins says she suffers up to four epileptic seizures a night

Katie Hopkins has said she fears she may die during brain surgery to cure her epilepsy later this year.

The columnist told The Sun she suffers three or four seizures every night and that the illness sometimes causes her to dislocate both her arms.

Hopkins, who rose to fame as a contestant on The Apprentice, said surgeons will remove part of her scalp and then bring her back to consciousness to check her responses as they continue to operate.

Katie Hopkins described the procedure

“This is the fear, it makes me sweat just thinking about it,” she said.

“There’s a 40 per cent chance I could get rid of (the epilepsy) altogether.

“But there’s a 20 per cent chance I would lose my left arm or leg – I could end up paralysed.

“There’s also a one per cent chance I will die.”

Hopkins said she had been contacted by supporters following her latest interview, writing on Twitter to thank people for their kind comments.

But the commentator, who the Sun dubs “Britain’s most controversial columnist”, had also been met with a slew of insensitive and insulting messages.

One person said she hoped Hopkins would not wake up, writing “sorry Katie, just doing humanity a favour”, followed by a winking emoticon.

Hopkins, who has three children, was the subject of a police complaint, which was not upheld, alleging she had incited racial hatred earlier this year following a series of tweets about an Ebola case in Scotland.

Then the furore after she referred to migrants as “cockroaches” a Sun column drew a complaint from the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, who criticised the article for “abuse, misinformation and distortion”.

Additional reporting by PA

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