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Kate Silverton reveals she nearly died after eating a prawn salad at Royal Ascot

The 46-year-old presenter opened up about the moment she was rescued by a fellow racegoer

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Kate Silverton has opened up about the moment she cheated death. The BBC newsreader, who has reported from warzones, said she almost died after eating a prawn salad at Royal Ascot. Kate was on presenting duties at the racing event when she stopped for a meal. "I have come under fire in Iraq but the closest I have come to death was when I was presenting at Royal Ascot. After finishing work I ate a prawn salad – 20 minutes later I had passed out in an alleyway," Kate told the Daily Mail.

"A specialist later told me I was seconds from death due to a severe allergy to shellfish. A lady walking past who had a nut allergy recognised the symptoms and administered adrenaline using her EpiPen. She saved my life." Kate also said that her greatest fear is dying before her daughter Clemency, five, and her two-year-old son Wilbur "are at an age when they can be self-sufficient."

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Kate Silverton and husband Mike Heron at Ascot

The presenter has two children with husband Mike Heron, a former Royal Marine, who she married in 2010. The couple conceived their first "miracle" child naturally, after four rounds of failed IVF attempts. At the time Kate told HELLO! magazine: "I still can't quite believe that she's here. When I have her in my arms, feeding her in the early hours, with Mike sleeping by my side, I look down at her little face and still feel overwhelmed by what's happened. It's the culmination of everything I ever dared imagine or hope for."

She added: "I'm not sure how this happened, but I will give thanks every day for the rest of my life that I have experienced giving birth and now have a daughter. It's heartbreaking to know there are so many couples out there who face the same difficulties as we did and I wish that I could spread some of our good fortune to them.

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