ME sufferer scoops TV quiz fortune

April 22, 2008

A woman suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome experienced a turnaround in fortune after she lost her job but then reached the final round of TV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? the next day.

Marie Chesterfield, 33, from Brighton, who suffers from the debilitating illness myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), was left devastated after she was sacked from her role as a carer.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper that when she went on the ITV quiz show a day later, she was "a nervous wreck".

Ms Chesterfield said: "I felt under a huge amount of pressure because all of a sudden everything in our lives was in jeopardy.

"I was getting through on pure adrenaline. Every question was torture because I risked everything on the answer."

However, despite her nerves she came out on top, and reached the £50,000 mark, much to her delight.

Her final winnings cannot be disclosed until the show is aired on May 6.

Ms Chesterfield said she and husband Michael have paid off their mortgage and also plan to take a holiday.

She added that they also received some other good news soon after filming ended, as they found out they were expecting their first child. She said: "I was on cloud nine and just kept thinking that things like this didn't happen to ordinary people like me. I felt like the luckiest person alive.

A spokesman for 2waytraffic, the company that produces the programme, said: "Marie was a fantastic contestant who does terrifically well."

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