The 79-year-old Welsh singer was born in Treforest, Pontypridd, Wales in the early 1940s, but his mother, Freda, received bad news at birth.
Doctors in the delivery room drew the wrong conclusions when the singer It’s Not Insolite remained silent after his birth.
The star is celebrated on Radio 2 this weekend to mark her 80th birthday, and pondered her birth in a documentary called Sir Tom’s Musical Years.
According to The Sun, he said, “When I was born, they thought I was stillborn because I hadn’t made any sound.
“The midwife said to my mother,” I’m terribly sorry. He is not breathing.
“Thank goodness my grandmother was there.
“She said, ‘Just a minute.’ She brought a bucket of cold water and grabbed me by the ankles, plunged me in and spun me around my head by my ankles. “
At Lady Gaga’s One World: Together At Home concert in April, Sir Tom spoke of his childhood difficulties when he was confined to his home for two years after suffering from tuberculosis.
He explained, while standing in front of a painting in his childhood home, and reflecting on the current fight against coronaviruses and the need to isolate: “Like this house, for example, here, it’s 44 Laura Street, where I was born and raised.
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“I was isolated there for two years with tuberculosis in this house, and I thought it was bad at the time.
“But the National Health Service helped me then as if it was helping us all right now. “
He added for those who endure the ongoing coronavirus lockdown: “Stay with him, be together and we will survive. God bless you. “