Jackie Bird was so close to death, family reportedly advised to prepare to say final farewells

THE BBC Scotland news reader, Jackie Bird, was reportedly so close to death, her family were advised by doctors to gather to say their final farewells.

Bird was rushed to hospital last month, suffering from a rare bowel condition.

And she told yesterday’s Sunday Mail newspaper – for whom she writes a column – of just how close she was to death.

The story is picked up today by the Sunday Mail’s sister paper, the Daily Record, and also The Scotsman.