Shaun Malone from Gogglebox

Gogglebox star Shaun Malone reveals he almost died after sinus infection

It happened in 2010

Shaun Malone from Gogglebox has revealed he almost died after contracting a common infection – only for it to leave him fighting for his life in a coma.

The reality TV favourite said he suffered a stroke when he was 15, when a sinusitis infection ‘got into his brain’.

What happened to Shaun?

Shaun Malone and family on Gogglebox
Shaun Malone and his family joined the Gogglebox cast in 2014 (Credit: Channel 4)

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Speaking recently on the Coaching From The Sofa podcast, Shaun – who works as a football coach for Manchester United Foundation – said doctors warned his mum and dad, Julie and Tom, that he had a slim chance of pulling through.

And the terrifying ordeal, which happened in 2010, caused brain damage that left him experiencing issues with memory and movement.

Shaun Malone and family on Gogglebox
Shaun now works as a coach with Manchester United Foundation (Credit: Channel 4)

He said on the podcast: “In 2010, I got sinusitis and in some way, the infection found its way back to my brain. My brain started swelling and my skull started crushing it. My mum took me to A&E, saying, ‘Look, he’s poorly!’ They said it was sinusitis.”

Some time after he returned home, he “collapsed” and “ended up going into a coma”.

The infection found its way back to my brain.

Shaun continued: “They said to my mum and dad that I had a less than 10 per cent chance of living. I was in a coma for a few weeks – and they said to my mum and dad, ‘Shaun’s got brain damage, we don’t know what the brain damage is or how it’ll affect him or if it’s going to be really bad’.”


When he awoke from the coma, there were complications.

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“My brain damage affected me in some ways,” he said. “Like my memory, but mostly the way it affected me was with my left side. I essentially had a stroke. I couldn’t move my left arm, my left leg, even the left side of my face.”

Shaun features on Gogglebox alongside his mum, dad and brother Tom Junior.

They live in Manchester and have appeared on the Channel 4 programme since series four, which aired in 2014.

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