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George Michael home from hospital

Published 23/12/2011 | 14:37

George Michael has returned home from hospital
George Michael has returned home from hospital

George Michael, back in the UK after being treated in a Vienna hospital for pneumonia, has said that it was "touch and go for a couple of weeks".

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The former Wham! frontman was treated in Austria after falling ill in November while on tour for the first time in three years.

Speaking outside his home in north London, he said: "I feel amazing. I mean, I'm very weak but I feel amazing.

"I'd say touch and go for a couple of weeks but we played it down. I didn't want to worry my fans too much and I'm really sorry I couldn't contact them in any way before now but I was really not in any state to."

Doctors said he had to be treated in intensive care because of the "severity and extension" of the illness.

George said: "They spent three weeks keeping me alive basically. I don't want to take you through all of it because some of it I want to protect my family from and I'm sure I'll get it all written down but it was by far the worst month of my life.

"I'm incredibly, incredibly fortunate to be here and incredibly fortunate to have picked up this bug where I did because apparently the hospital in Austria that they rushed me to was absolutely the best place in the world I could have been to deal with pneumonia, so I have to believe that somebody thinks I've still got some work to do here."

The tour began in Prague in the Czech Republic in August and saw him play 45 shows in 35 cities before it was cancelled.

George added: "I promise [fans], absolutely without question, the plan is to play to every single person who had a ticket.

"Also actually I would like to play one other show for the doctors in Austria that saved my life."

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