TV game show winner's amazing baby tale
PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 September 2013
BRITAIN saw Nadia Watson win £25,000 on a TV game show this week - and also heard the remarkable tale of how she gave birth to an unexpected baby while her oblivious boyfriend slept in the next room.
Nadia, aged 22, bagged the cash on Channel Four’s Deal Or No Deal, after accepting a banker’s offer in the penultimate round.
The Frankie And Benny’s waitress from St Georges actually held a box containing £35,000, but was still cock-a-hoop with a prize which far outstripped her £10,000 goal.
Her episode was filmed in April but she had been sworn to secrecy about her success prior to its screening on Tuesday.
She told the Mercury her win came at a good time, just days after being made redundant from a job at Blockbuster, yet she nearly missed out on the chance to appear altogether.
She said: “It is my dad who watches the show and said to apply, so I did.
“It was a year later when I got the phone call. I was just on my way out and wondered whether to answer it. I thought it was someone messing around at first.”
Nadia spent two weeks in Bristol filming from 9am-5pm each day, and saw contestants leave with prizes ranging from 1p to £250,000 before she got her turn with box 17.
She said: “I met some amazing people. They were so nice – they will be friends for life.
“The whole experience was brilliant. And my phone has been going absolutely crazy since it’s been on. I’ve had lots and lots of lovely comments.”
Nadia was a cool customer throughout the show, and it’s little wonder she was able to stay so calm under pressure, after going through a far more frightening ordeal just months earlier.
Nadia was entirely alone when she gave birth to her daughter Poppy on her own bathroom floor – and even more astonishingly, a rare condition meant she had not even known she was pregnant when the labour began.
She said: “I have a condition where my womb is near my spine, so I didn’t have a baby bump. I was still wearing size 10 jeans.
“It was the most scary experience of my life. I was in excruciating pain, but just had to let nature run its course.”
Nadia’s shouts during the labour were unable to rouse sleeping Lewis – but they were sufficiently loud to prompt neighbours to eventually call 999.
Luckily, both Nadia and Poppy emerged safely from the unusual labour, and the family can now enjoy the Deal Or No Deal windfall.
Nadia says she has splashed out on a new car for herself and a motorbike for Lewis, but plans to save most of her winnings for the future.