Hannah Waddingham candidly opens up about her young daughter Kitty’s terrifying health scare

Hannah Waddingham, the star of stage and screen, has candidly opened up about her young daughter Kitty's terrifying health scare.

The actress, who is best known for her roles in the acclaimed musicals Spamalot and The Witches of Eastwick, has revealed that her daughter was recently diagnosed with a rare virus that left her ‘fighting for her life.'

Kitty, who is just three years old, was rushed to hospital after she developed a high fever and her parents noticed her struggling to breathe.

After extensive tests, doctors diagnosed Kitty with a virus called Human Metapneumovirus, which is typically seen in children aged between two and four.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Hannah said: ‘It was an absolutely horrendous experience. Kitty had been given antibiotics and steroids, and was put on a nebulizer and had to have oxygen, but she was still struggling to breathe.

‘It was the most terrifying time of my life and I can't quite express how relieved I felt when she was eventually given the all-clear.'

Kitty, who is now recovering well, was given a course of antibiotics and steroids, and is now on the mend.

Hannah added: ‘It was a huge relief when we finally got the good news that she was going to pull through, but it was also a lesson in how quickly things can change.

‘We're so thankful that Kitty is now doing well and that we caught the virus in time. It's been a difficult experience for us all, but I'm so proud of Kitty for being so brave and strong throughout.'

Hannah has now launched a charity campaign to raise awareness of the virus and to help fund research into its causes and treatments.

The charity, called ‘Kitty's Virus', hopes to raise money to help other children and families who may be affected by the virus in the future.

Hannah concluded: ‘We've been through a lot as a family, but we're so lucky that we caught the virus in time and that Kitty is now doing well.

‘I just hope that by raising awareness of the virus and raising money for research, we can help other children and families who may find themselves in a similar situation.'