Shilpa Shetty unable to meet Jade Goody, not giving up hope (Lead)

March 17th, 2009 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Jade Goody By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai/London, March 17 (IANS) Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty has rushed to London to see Jade Goody but her former reality TV co-star, who is suffering from terminal cancer, is too ill to receive her.

“When I left for London on Sunday, I thought I’d be able to meet her but her condition has deteriorated further. She’s heavily drugged and hardly awake,” Shilpa told IANS. Doctors have said the cancer-stricken Briton is only hours away from death.

“I really want to meet her but unfortunately only her mother and husband are allowed to be with her. I’ve no choice but to respect that,” Shilpa added.

Goody’s publicist Max Clifford confirmed that she was too ill to receive Shilpa.

“She is not well. Shilpa totally understands that,” Clifford said.

Goody’s condition deteriorated over the weekend, after she left hospital to spend more time with her two sons.

Shilpa had a series of run-ins with Jade during 2007’s “Celebrity Big Brother,” a popular reality TV show in Britain, leading to Jade’s expulsion from the show after thousands of viewers complained of racist bullying.

The two later became friends but Jade was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year while appearing on the Indian version of the reality show hosted by Shilpa, forcing her to return to London for treatment.

“I really feel terrible about what has happened to her. All I can do is pray. I’m not giving up hope of seeing her one last time,” said Shilpa, who missed attending Jade’s wedding in February because of filming commitments.

“If I had my way I’d meet her but it’s not a choice left to me. I’ll have to see how she is doing and try to meet her. But if I can’t, I just pray that she isn’t in too much pain,” the actress added.

Clifford said Jade’s family was preparing for the worst, but added: “She has put her house in order and faced up to everything in an incredibly brave way.”

“Now we’re waiting for the inevitable. It could be at any time, we just don’t know.”

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