Nikki Grahame’s mother Sue has revealed she begged nurses not to discharge her daughter from hospital, in the lead-up to her death.
The Big Brother star, 38, passed away last month and her body was discovered in her London home, a day after she was discharged from Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester following a three-week stay to treat her for anorexia.
And in an emotional interview with the Sunday Mirror, Nikki’s doting mother Sue, 66, has told how she and the star’s father David – who lost his own battle with pancreatic cancer just nine days after her death – stated it was vital she remain in treatment.
Sue explained: ‘The nurses were amazing but I told every single one, “She mustn’t go home. She’s too ill”. Her father even called and told the hospital, “If you let her leave, Nikki will die”.’
‘She was so poorly and her OCD was so bad. I couldn’t get near her as she was so worried about germs. A group of us got her sectioned under the Mental Health Act. It was awful but we had to do it.’
Reflecting on Nikki’s last few weeks, Sue said that while she and her ex-husband David had concerns, Nikki was determined to go home to her flat.
Sue also detailed how she wasn’t aware of some medical conditions Nikki had when she was discharged, telling the publication her daughter had bradycardia, hypoglycemia, and a cracked pelvis.
The doting parent continued that Nikki had been admitted to hospital two weeks prior after fracturing her lower spine during a fall at a pharmacy.
She recalled how Nikki rang her with the news and that doctors had told her Nikki’s condition was ‘life-threatening’ and that she was at her lowest weight she ‘had ever been since adulthood’.
Speaking about her loss, Sue said: ‘I am destroyed. There’s part of me that’s lost for ever. My fight to get Nikki well started 30 years ago. In the end, I lost her. It has been the fight from hell.’
Health chiefs recently launched an investigation into Nikki’s death, after her family claimed she was released too early, having weighed just five stone when she died.
Family: David passed away nine days after Nikki, with his ex-wife and Nikki’s mum Sue saying he was fighting to get their daughter help in his final weeks (Sue and Nikki are pictured)
Now Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust, the trust which runs the hospital where the star had received treatment prior to her death, have launched a review into the case, according to the Sun.
A spokesperson for the hospital told the paper: ‘Staff at the Trust were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Miss Grahame, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Miss Grahame at this very difficult time.
‘A full internal investigation into the circumstances of Miss Grahame’s death is currently underway. This is in line with standard procedures following any sudden death.’
After Nikki was discharged from Dorset County Hospital, Sue said they spoke on the phone several times and she chatted with Nikki at 3.30am on the day her daughter’s body was found.
Candid:Speaking about her devastating loss, Sue said she is ‘destroyed’ and a ‘part of me that’s lost for ever’ (Nikki’s final photo with ex Pete Bennett is pictured above)
However when she didn’t hear from the reality star in the morning, Sue contacted a pal who could go to Nikki’s flat and check on her, with her learning the awful news that Nikki had passed away around 4.30pm that day.
Sue also reflected on the moment she was told Nikki had died, revealing she was on a train and two men helped her catch connections so she would make it to London.
Sharing a very candid insight into their last moments, Sue said that she cuddled and kissed her daughter, as Nikki didn’t like to be kissed because of her OCD.
And looking ahead, Sue revealed she wants to take Nikki’s ashes to Tahiti to mark what would have been her 40th birthday in 2022 as the star ‘loved the Marlon Brando film Mutiny on the Bounty’.
Tribute: Sue also revealed that she’s planning to take Nikki’s ashes to Tahiti to mark what would have been her 40th birthday in 2022 (the star is seen in 2017)
Nikki shot to fame on the 2006 series of Big Brother and gained an army of fans with her iconic phrase ‘who is she?’.
She was pictured with Big Brother winner Pete Bennett in one of her final images, as she cuddled up to her ex-boyfriend in the poignant snap.
Nikki had struggled with anorexia for much of her life and was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital at age 12.
Last month, Nikki’s friends reactivated her fundraiser to help her heartbroken family pay for her funeral and help others with eating disorders.
The fundraiser was initially set up a month ago by Nikki’s friends and raised £65,000 for the Big Brother star to have specialist treatment for her eating disorder.
Iconic: Nikki became a Big Brother icon when she appeared on the reality show in 2006
A Big Brother icon: Nikki Grahame’s best bits on the hit reality show
Get her some BOTTLED water!
Early on into her stay in the Big Brother house, Nikki was suffering from a migraine and only bottled water would help make it budge.
She said: ‘I need water, I’m not drinking that tap stuff, it’s absolutely disgusting, I actually haven’t got energy to talk to you I feel so dehydrated.’
Despite being reassured the water had been filtered twice in the house, Nikki was still not having any of it and burst into tears.
She said: ‘I’m not enjoying it, I’m not. I hate it, I f*****g hate it!’
Memorable: Nikki was accompanied by housemate Dawn Blake to the diary room when she launched into a meltdown over bottled water
The stolen bed
A tipsy Nikki also ensured to command attention after repeating ‘that’s my bed’ several times when she found another contestant in her bed.
Sitting in the infamous gold chair she told BB: ‘Someones stolen Nikki’s bed, it’s my bed I don’t like it and I just don’t like it’
During the rant, Nikki was dressed in suspenders following a challenge the housemates were set.
Air con woes
The star always seemed to be cold in the Big Brother house and arguing with others over the temperature setting on the air con.
After wrapping up as well as she could, Nikki asked BB: ‘How are we supposed to get out of bed in the morning with the f*****g air con?
‘It’s a blizzard, I’m going to catch a cold’
Made the show: The star would often throw her arms around while reclining in the gold diary room chair and making her epic rants
Nikki was left very unimpressed after housemate Richard Newman finished off the cornflakes – and told her there was porridge oats she could have instead.
She explained: ‘He’s had four bowls of Cornflakes yesterday! Four! And they’re not just normal bowls, they’re f*****g mountains of Cornflakes!
‘Like a mountain, and a whole bag of sugar. We’re going to run out of sugar.’
Who is SHE?
Perhaps Nikki’s most iconic moment came after housemate Susie Verrico put her up for eviction and the star stormed into the diary room.
Arriving in her bikini, Nikki fumed about Susie decision despite ‘not even knowing her’, telling BB that she was feeling ‘very venomous and angry’.
Nikki’s next line cemented her in reality show history – and provided plenty of memes in years to come – as she said: ‘Who is she? Who is she? Who is she? Where did you find her?
And Nikki ended the rant with: ‘I can feel the venom pouring out of me as I breathe. I hate her, I tell you now. I’m going to find it very difficult to be pleasant to it. I don’t even want to look at it.’
Iconic: Perhaps Nikki’s most memorable moment came when she declared: ‘Who is she? Who is she? Who is she? Where did you find her?’