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The Traitors contestant was 'pronounced dead' after horrifying accident

Rhianna Benson

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The Traitors contestant was 'pronounced dead' after horrifying accident

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The brand new series of The Traitors is well and truly in full swing, and it looks as though the nerve-racking betrayals and tension-filled plot twists have already commenced.

Treachery is afoot from half the group of this year's contestants, while trust hangs in the balance for the others on the BBC show whereby back-stabbing is all part of a day’s work.

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But as the remainders of the 22 strangers - all residing in a remote Scottish castle - compete in the ultimate battle to bag their share of £120,000, there has been some behind-the-scenes drama unfolding for one particular star.

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That's because Andrew Jenkins, 43 - a contestant on the 2024 series - was forced to change his entire outlook on life following a horrific accident which saw him 'pronounced dead' on the roadside.

Speaking to his co-stars during last night's instalment, the insurance broker opened up on his turbulent life story in the hope of inspiring viewers.

Andrew is a contestant on the second series of The Traitors. Credit: BBC
Andrew is a contestant on the second series of The Traitors. Credit: BBC

"I was pronounced dead on the side of the road 23 years ago and I was in a coma for nearly five weeks," he revealed.

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"My parents were told I’d never walk ever again, I had brain damage and that there’s a chance of me not waking up from my coma."

Admitting he was able to repair his ailing mental health following the shock accident by going to the gyn, Andrew continued of his parents: "They were told to prepare for the worst.

"There’s lots of things that happened to me, and the doctors call me a miracle patient."

Andrew went on to reveal that he was even able to meet the man who once saved his life, describing the moment as a 'very emotional thing'.

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"I met him and I shook his hand and said thank you for saving my life," he disclosed on the high-intensity reality show.

Andrew said going to the gym helped to get his mental health back on track. Credit: BBC
Andrew said going to the gym helped to get his mental health back on track. Credit: BBC

"There are not many people out there who get a chance to see somebody who saved their life and say thank you."

Since his run-in with death, Andrew pledged to 'step out of [his] comfort zone', adding: "I’ve been a Steady Eddy all my life I suppose, never taking any risks or challenges.

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"You only have one life, and I know that more than anyone. Your life is short, and it can get taken away at any moment.

"I live my life as best I can and take as many opportunities as possible that come my way.

"I want to inspire people, I believe I can inspire thousands and hopefully, with this exposure, millions of people.

Andrew told his story on last night's show. Credit: BBC
Andrew told his story on last night's show. Credit: BBC
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"I think I’ve only just scratched the surface of this, and I want to continue that really."

Andrew continued: "I want to inspire people and give them hope. To tell them that if you keep fighting and believing you will get to your dreams."

Topics: Mental Health, Health, TV And Film, BBC, Celebrity

Rhianna Benson
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