When wasted Paul Gascoigne ended up on the wrong plane to southern Mexico
PAUL Gascoigne could have died. The former Newcastle, Spurs, Lazio, Rangers and Everton player whose alcoholism very nearly killed him. He tells the Sun:
“Three doctors didn’t think I would make it… It has got to inspire me to never let this happen again. I’ve come through that – death. I was dead…I thought I was on my way out. I looked like a corpse. I was a total wreck.”
Who knew is was that bad for Gazza? Well, readers of the Daily Sport might have. Back in February, before “vital organs packed in“, Gazza told the Daily Sport:
Anyway, just before I left the rehab clinic over there, the docs had given me some medication to take with me. I can’t remember what it was called, but it was something for my head. I was supposed to take 3mg and I took about f***ing 3,000mg by mistake. As you can probably guess, I was so out of it from the tablets that I got on the wrong plane. And I ended up in f***ing southern Mexico! I’ve no idea why, but I spent about three days holed up in a tattoo parlour there and left with 12 tattoos. I’ve got all sorts – panthers, tigers, Chinese writing and even “Gazza” on my body. They might have hurt like f***, but I wouldn’t have a clue – I was so wasted from the medication that I didn’t feel a thing.
In fact, I found the whole episode rather pleasant. Eventually, I woke up in somebody’s bed. Again, I would’ve probably sh*t myself if I wasn’t high as a kite. It all seemed quite beautiful to me at the time – I was loving it. I even did a spot of flying fishing over there with a bloke I met – it was brilliant!
Says Gazza now:
“I should be dead. The doctors said I would not make it. But I’m here, I have another chance – and I’m going to take it.”
It’s not just a great anecdote. It’s someone’s life…