Jennifer Ellison suffered severe injuries jumping from helicopter for 'Celebrity SAS'

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Jennifer Ellison (Channel 4)
Jennifer Ellison suffered a lung infection after being injured on Celebrity SAS. (Channel 4)

Jennifer Ellison has revealed she was admitted to hospital with a lung infection after suffering multiple injuries on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

The former Brookside star is among the celebrity contestants on the latest series of the Channel 4 military training and survival show and has detailed how jumping from a helicopter caused bleeding from her lungs and spleen.

Ellison, 39, told The Daily Star: "After I jumped from a helicopter, I hit my ribs and then I could feel a pain in my side.

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“When I got back to the UK it was getting worse, so I went to A&E.

“They told me, ‘You’ve got broken ribs, blood in your lung and a bleeding spleen’. The infection in my lung was really nasty.”

Jennifer Ellison
Jennifer Ellison suffered broken ribs and bleeding lungs and spleen after jumping from a helicopter for the show. (Channel 4)

The soap star and mother-of-three – who won Gordon Ramsay's cooking reality show Hell's Kitchen in 2004 – admitted it took a "very long time" to recover from the injuries, that left her "laid flat" in bed and struggling to breathe.

Ellison – who has three sons aged 12, nine and seven with boxer husband Rob Tickle – said one of her greatest fears was leaving her family to film the show on location in Jordan.

She said: "I'm afraid of being away from the kids. I'm afraid to sleep away from my husband, so that even in itself was a massive thing for me."

Jennifer Ellison with husband Rob Tickle. (Getty Images)
Jennifer Ellison with husband Rob Tickle. (Getty Images)

The former soap star and West End performer, who rose to fame playing Emily Shadwick in Brookside, described Celebrity SAS as "inhumane".

Celebrity SAS 2022 recruits Maisie Smith, Jennifer Ellison, Calum Best, Fatima Whitbread MBE, Pete Wick, Ferne McCann, Ashley Cain, Amber Gill,  AJ Pritchard, Curtis Pritchard, Dwain Chambers, Jade Jones, Shannon Courtenay and Jonathan Broom-Edwards MBE. (C4)
Celebrity SAS 2022 recruits (L-R) Pete Wicks, Shannon Courtenay, Calum Best, Jennifer Ellison, Dwain Chambers, Ashley Cain, Curtis Pritchard, Fatima Whitbread MBE, Ferne McCann, Amber Gill, Jonathan Broom-Edwards, MBE Maisie Smith, AJ Pritchard, and Jade Jones. (C4)

She said: “There were times when I worried about dying. I was thinking ‘What they’re doing to us cannot be legal’."

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But Ellison – who appeared in Lifetime reality show Dance Moms in 2014 – said that despite experiencing "the worst pain imaginable" on the show "the reward was life-changing" and she would recommend taking on the challenge to other celebrities.

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins airs on Sunday at 9pm on Channel 4.

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