It was a quick thinking chauffeur at the helm of Mel B’s ride that saved her life this weekend, after she was “screaming in agony”.

The driver rushed her to hospital – a detour from the press conference and rehearsal she was enroute to – after she fell ill.

The 39-year-old is now in a stable condition in hospital after receiving treatment for what is suspected to be a stomach ulcer – she is being monitored in the high dependency unit, which is one level below intensive care.

“Mel is in a terrible state, physically and emotionally. She is very weak and is being given treatment to help her with the pain,” a “friend” told The Mirror.

As a result, Mel was forced to miss the first round of X Factor finals – and her contestant Andrea Faustini was knocked out of the comp.

Scary stuff!

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