Fair City star Rodrigo Ternevoy, who plays Cristiano in the RTÉ soap, has said he feared he would die after becoming ill with sepsis while on a flight to his native Brazil last year.

Sepsis is a condition that occurs when the body's immune system overreacts to infection and can cause tissue damage, organ failure and death.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Ternevoy said his ordeal began halfway through the flight when he began experiencing chest pains and thought he was having a heart attack.

He subsequently spent two months in hospital.

"There was surgery and it took them two weeks to figure out what was really wrong with me," he continued. "I had to take morphine because the pain was unbearable. It definitely crossed my mind that I was going to die.

"There were moments where I thought if I was going to be in such severe pain that I would have preferred to die.

"I was surrounded by all of the best doctors and nobody could tell me if I was going to get better."

Ternevoy said he also feared he would not be able to return home to Ireland and worried that he would be taken ill on the flight.

"I had four days after being released from hospital before flying home. My husband was with me - I wouldn't have been able to do it alone."

He told the paper his outlook is to "believe in the universe and destiny" and that "everything happens for a reason". 

"If I can go through all of that and remain smiling, there is nothing that I can't face," he added.

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