A NETFLIX fan-favourite has revealed she was "two days away from death" following a dramatic hospital dash.
The Selling Sunset star, 46 – who is a proud mum of two – bravely told how part of her spine has "deteriorated" due to her condition.
Amanza Smith, who Netflix viewers know and love as a realtor and interior designer on the hit series, had continual backache for a month.
Her close pal then took her to hospital after she collapsed due to the excruciating pain.
It was only then when she was diagnosed with vertebral osteomyelitis following an MRI scan.
Amanza told People: "I thought I had a backache, and I almost died. The doctors and my friend saved my life."
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She added: "Part of my spine has completely deteriorated due to the infection and I’ll be getting a new vertebrae and a couple of screws and rods in my spine to replace what has been eaten away from the bacteria.
"There are so many things I can’t do because I can’t lift more than five pounds. Sometimes my purse is too heavy.
"You can’t speed up time, but I’m very anxious to be able to do the things that I love to do. I like to decorate.
"I like to rearrange. I want to be able to hang things, but I’m very limited right now."
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The NHS describes the condition as a "painful bone infection."
The website added: "Osteomyelitis usually causes severe pain, most often affecting the legs, but it may affect other parts of the body."
Amanza continued to tell the publication: "You know who your friends are when you become a burden. It’s like a rebirth. I will never take my mobility for granted again.
"When I can walk and jog again and do Pilates or ballet, I hope I stick to them because I plan on living to be 107."
It has been a tricky few years for the poplar TV star.
Back in October 2021, she was finally awarded full legal and physical custody of her two kids, who she shares with ex husband Ralph Brown.
Amanza married Ralph in 2010 but they separated two years later.
Up until 2019 they were coparenting and shared custody, with the kids alternating weeks with each parent.
The former NFL player disappeared in August 2019, and Amanza hasn't heard from him since September 2019.
Meanwhile, the year prior, she suffered another health scare after getting third degree burns while making churros.
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At the time, she spent almost two weeks in hospital and described her injury as "the most painful thing I've ever felt in my life."
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