Richard Hammond Reveals His Wife Mindy’s Screams Saved Him From Near-death Coma


Richard Hammond has revealed how his wife saved his life by screaming into his ear when he was in a near-death coma after his horrific car accident in 2006.

The 52-year-old former Top Gear presenter has opened up about coming within seconds of dying after doctors said he wouldn’t make it, before miraculously surviving the ordeal.

In 2006, the host sustained brain injuries in a 288mph car crash while filming for Top Gear.

Terrifying: Richard Hammond has revealed how his wife saved his life by screaming into his ear when he was in a near-death coma after his horrifying 2006 car crash

Speaking in a TikTok video, Richard was sitting under a tree in the Lake District as he reminisced about what could have been his last moment.

He recounted how he found the strength in his mind to regain consciousness while dreaming of the stunning area of ​​the United Kingdom.

“At the hospital, in intensive care, apparently things were not looking very good, but I didn’t know. There was a lot of morphine floating around in my system,’ she said.

Love: The 52-year-old former Top Gear host opened up about coming within seconds of dying after doctors said he wouldn't make it, before miraculously surviving the ordeal (pictured with Mindy in 2017)

Love: The 52-year-old former Top Gear host opened up about coming within seconds of dying after doctors said he wouldn’t make it, before miraculously surviving the ordeal (pictured with Mindy in 2017)

‘I finally woke up and shared with my wife Mindy a dream I had been having. A very, very vivid one, probably in part from a morphine count.

‘And in my mind I had been walking up these hills here in the Lake District, overlooking Buttermere. I was having a lot of fun walking around and gradually got a growing feeling of: do you know when you know you’re in trouble? That feeling grew and grew.

As Richard walked further up the hill, toward a particular tree, the sense of trouble grew stronger.

Life: Speaking in a TikTok video, Richard was sitting under a tree in the Lake District as he reminisced about what could have been his last moment.

Life: Speaking in a TikTok video, Richard was sitting under a tree in the Lake District as he reminisced about what could have been his last moment.

He recalled: ‘It grew and grew until finally in my dream I turned over… and then I woke up.’

After Richard told his wife Mindy about his dream, she explained to him what had been happening at the same time in the hospital room.

He explained: “They called her into intensive care and said, ‘Ms Hammond, I’m so sorry.’ Things are not looking good… we are going to lose him”.

Calvary: told how he found the strength in his mind to regain consciousness while dreaming of the stunning area of ​​the United Kingdom.

Calvary: told how he found the strength in his mind to regain consciousness while dreaming of the stunning area of ​​the United Kingdom.

Wow: Richard said, 'And apparently she roared and yelled and cursed me 'don't you dare die'. And that's when I turned from this tree in my dream. And that's when I woke up'

Wow: Richard said, ‘And apparently she roared and yelled and cursed me ‘don’t you dare die’. And that’s when I turned from this tree in my dream. And that’s when I woke up’

When told there was nothing she could do to help, Mindy asked if she could try yelling at him.

‘And she did. And apparently she roared and screamed and cursed me ‘don’t you dare die’. And that’s when I turned from this tree in my dream. And that’s when I woke up.

He added: ‘My last thought took me to a place I love and a place where I am happy.

And that last thought, if I had shut down and stopped, would have resonated, as far as I was concerned, for all eternity. And I have found immense comfort since then.

Terrifying: In 2006, the host sustained brain injuries in a 288mph rocket-car crash while filming for Top Gear (similar vehicle pictured)

Terrifying: In 2006, the host sustained brain injuries in a 288mph rocket-car crash while filming for Top Gear (similar vehicle pictured)

‘I’m not afraid of this old tree. I pass it regularly… every time I pass it, I feel comforted. I know that is where I will go.

Richard was in a coma for two weeks in September 2006 after the jet-powered Vampire car he was driving for Top Gear going 288mph blew out a tire during a land speed record attempt.

He suffered serious head injuries and was in the hospital for five weeks before returning home to his wife Mindy and their two daughters, Isabella and Willow.

Despite the horrific accident, the presenter emerged remarkably unscathed.

His left eye, however, was badly bruised, which Hammond referred to as a “Klingon eye, lumpy and fluid”.

The TV presenter later recounted how he struggled “deadly with depression” and spoke regularly to a psychiatrist after the incident.

He previously recalled in an interview with The Mirror: ‘I was upside down inhaling a field. My nose and eyes were full of dirt. I had gone plowing in my head. My last thought was: “Oh, motherfucker, that went wrong.”

‘Okay, now we’re leaving. You’ve had it.’ I was aware that my brain was saying, “We’ll wave the flag,” and that was the point at which I passed out.”

Incident: Sustained serious head injuries and was in hospital for five weeks before returning home to his wife Mindy and their two daughters, Isabella and Willow (pictured with Mindy in 2022)

Incident: Sustained serious head injuries and was in hospital for five weeks before returning home to his wife Mindy and their two daughters, Isabella and Willow (pictured with Mindy in 2022)

Doctors use a point system. Fifteen is normal, three is flat line. I was a three. I was this close to being dead.

Hammond was on his last run of the day when the accident occurred.

The presenter said it was in ‘bad shape’ when the air ambulance arrived. Richard recalled that the next thing he knew he was in the hospital in Leeds.

Doctors initially predicted a 15-month hospitalization period at a private clinic in Bristol, but he returned home after five weeks.

Richard suffered with his mental health afterwards. He described how the trauma made him feel “terrified, hopeless and angry as a bag of snakes.”

In 2017, Richard was again flown to hospital after overturning a £2 million electric supercar which later caught fire while filming his new Amazon show The Grand Tour.

But he miraculously escaped the horror of the fireball with little more than a fractured knee and was “conscious and speaking” after freeing himself from the vehicle.

His Grand Tour colleagues May and Clarkson were “astonished” that he survived because “there was nothing left” of the vehicle. Grand Tour producer Amazon later released images showing the charred remains of the car upside down on a hill.

OMG – In 2017 Richard was again airlifted to hospital after flipping a £2m electric supercar which then caught fire while filming his new Amazon show The Grand Tour

OMG – In 2017 Richard was again airlifted to hospital after flipping a £2m electric supercar which then caught fire while filming his new Amazon show The Grand Tour

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