Mel B rushed to hospital after going ‘totally BLIND’ before Spice Girls rehearsal

The singer suffered sight problems ahead of the Spice Girls' stadium tour which starts next week

Mel B

by Nathan Katnoria |
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Mel B was rushed to hospital on Friday after going blind in one eye shortly before she was due to rehearse with Spice Girls bandmates Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Melanie C.

The band are currently preparing for their upcoming stadium tour and were set for another round of rehearsals before Mel reported a loss of vision in her right eye and had to be taken to London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital wearing an eye-patch.

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According to The Sun, Mel said: “I can’t see anything – I’m totally blind.”

“She was clearly in a lot of pain,” a source told the publication.

They added: “Mel was in a really bad way. The other girls and their managers were really worried.

“Mel was frantic and screaming that she couldn’t see a thing. She went to the hospital in a chauffeur-driven car with an assistant, who was holding her hand.”

The 43-year-old singer was later transferred to Luton and Dunstable Hospital’s ophthalmology department for treatment.

“No one knew what brought it on but she had very swift, and very good, treatment,” said the source.

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Mel previously revealed that she suffered with poor eyesight after laser eye surgery went wrong, with the source adding: “It is unclear if the loss of vision is linked to her previous problems, although it does seem likely.”

Despite the frightening ordeal, Mel had the full support of her fellow Spice Girls.

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The source said: “All the girls rallied round her, including Geri. They made sure they weren’t behind on rehearsals, which have been going really well.

“Mel was determined to get back in action and was very brave. The situation did cause concern, and it is something the girls and those around them will monitor closely when the concerts start.”

A spokesperson for the Spice Girls confirmed Mel’s treatment in a statement.

“The situation is under control and she has received treatment. She is back in rehearsals and is looking forward to the tour starting next week," they said.

The Spice World 2019 tour kicks off at Croke Park in Dublin on Friday 24th May.

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