Elton John has said he had to learn to walk again after contracting a serious infection following surgery for prostate cancer surgery. The music icon previously revealed how he underwent a successful operation two years ago, but came close to death after falling ill on tour in South America.
He said he was “24 hours from snuffing it” in 2017 and was rushed back to the UK to be treated in intensive care. Speaking to Graham Norton for new BBC programme Elton John: Uncensored, he revealed: “I had to learn to walk again. I was extremely sick.”
Elton also explained how a show in Las Vegas after the operation saw him being forced to wear nappies. “I was on stage in Vegas in a lot of pain, fluid had built up under my colon. I did the show and was wearing nappies shortly after the operation. I thought ‘If only they knew right now that I’m pissing myself’.”
He joked that he was “like the Bionic Woman” as he has had his tonsils, colon and appendix removed. He said: “I literally had to learn how to walk again. I was extremely sick. All I could think about when I was lying in my hospital bed was ‘please don’t let me die, I want to see my children’, and luckily I survived it.
“Now I’m fine but there’s very few bits of me left. There’s no hair, there’s a pacemaker, there’s no tonsils, there’s no prostate, there’s no appendix, I’ve had kidney stones. I like the Bionic Woman.”