22 Kids and Counting's Sue Radford in terrifying health scare - 'Life flashed in front of me!'

Sue and Noel Radford

Sue and Noel Radford are currently on holiday with their family

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 21/08/2023

- 10:19

Updated: 01/09/2023

- 15:59

The Radford family is currently on holiday in Florida, USA

Sue Radford has taken to Instagram to share a horrifying experience she went through on her family's latest getaway.

The mum-of-22 had to be helped by 21-year-old daughter Katie when her "biggest fear" almost came true after choking at a family dinner.

On the family's Instagram page, Radford posted a snap of the seafood banquet she and the children had for their evening meal.

"Seafood boil tonight," Radford said before explaining: "I was choking on a prawn.

"I literally saw my life flash in front of me until @katieeradfordd saw me choking and slammed me on the back a few times till it came flying out.

"Scared the life out of me," the family's matriarch added before her daughter posted an update from the ordeal on her own page.

Sue Radfords' seafood

Sue Radford admits she 'choked' at her family's holiday dinner


The 21-year-old shared a snap of her mother's back where a painful-looking handprint was etched on her skin.

"The hand mark from helping my mum from choking," she penned.

Her mum reposted the snap onto the family's Instagram page where she delved further into the fear she felt at the near-death experience.

Radford wrote: "Gosh this was so scary. I've never choked before but know what to do with kids if this happens but I'm trying to hand gesture to everyone that I'm choking.

"Thank god Katie was sat next to me and knew what to do," she added alongside a prayer emoji.

The Channel 5 star signed off: "Choking is my biggest fear and it was awful!" (sic)

Luckily, the Radfords' mum managed to escape the ordeal unscathed although clearly a bit shaken.

Their trip to Florida marks the 18th time in less than two years that the Radfords have enjoyed a break from life in Morecambe for warmer climates.

Sue Radford hand mark

Sue Radford shows off the handprint left by her daughter after she saved her


The vast family became household names thanks to their participation in Channel 5 docuseries 22 Kids in Counting which premiered back in 2021.

Dad Noel runs a bakery, The Radfords' Pie Company, and they also produce their own widely followed YouTube channel.

The Radford parents family consists of Chris, 34, Sophie, 29, Chloe, 28, Jack, 26, Daniel, 24, Luke, 23, Millie, 22, Katie, 21, James, 20, Ellie, 18, Aimee, 17, Josh, 16, Max, 14, Tillie, 13, Oscar, 12, Casper, 11, Hallie, eight, Phoebe, seven, Archie, six, Bonnie, five, and Heidie, three.

The Radfords' 17th child Alfie was stillborn on July 6, 2014.

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