Davina McCall remembered the heartbreaking moment she found out her sister’s terminal diagnosis (Picture: Getty)
In 2012 Caroline was hospitalised with a suspected stroke but discovered she had terminal lung cancer.
Davina, 53, says her love for the NHS is like ‘a bottomless pit’ after the support they gave her as she struggled with her sister’s diagnosis.
The TV star’s world came tumbling down as her family learned the heartbreaking news at Pembury hospital, which sent Davina into a ‘meltdown’.
She told The Sun: ‘We got the very, very bad diagnosis in A&E. I had to keep it together for Caroline because she was going through a much worse time than I was but every now and again I’d go into the corridor and have a meltdown.
‘This one nurse came out and rubbed my back as I cried.
‘She told me to take my moment and then pull myself together and get back in there for my sister.’
The TV star described her love for the NHS as ‘a bottomless pit’ (Picture: Getty)
Davina still sees the nurse to this day if ever she is in A&E with her children and they ‘give each other a little nod’ when they meet.
The Masked Singer star continued: ‘That empathy means the world, and the nurse and I still remember each other.
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‘Whenever I’m in A&E after one of the kids has got into a scrape we give each other a little nod. That experience is very intense, very bonding — and most of us know that feeling.
‘It means everything, really. The love we feel for the NHS is like a bottomless pit.’
In 2019 she opened up about Caroline’s final weeks, saying she slept on the floor next to her and held her hand.
‘I just closed my eyes,’ she said on Channel 4, ‘I heard her breathing differently and I opened my eyes and I said, “I think she’s going.”
‘The fact that I was there with her I hope meant a lot to her because it meant so much to me.’
She paid tribute to her big sister in October last year, tweeting a picture of her cheering.
‘Today would have been my sisters birthday … we always try and remember her on this day instead of the day she died… Love u Caco , she was ace,’ Davina said.
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