Richard Hammond says his wife's screams saved him from death

Watch below: Richard Hammond says wife saved his life by screaming in his ear during coma.

Richard Hammond has said that his wife saved his life in 2006 when she screamed at him while he was in a coma after a car crash.

The former Top Gear host was seriously injured while filming a scene for the show in a rocket car that crashed at 319mph after its front tyre failed.

Appearing in a TikTok video from the Lake District, Hammond discussed the moment from 16 years ago when he was hospitalised with brain injuries: "In hospital, in intensive care, things were apparently not looking very good, but I didn't know.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06:  Richard Hammond and Mindy Hammond attend the Amazon Prime Video's Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Richard Hammond and his wife Mindy. (Getty Images)

"There was a lot of morphine floating around my system."

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He went on to detail a dream he was having while sedated: "In my mind I'd been walking these hills here in the Lake District, overlooking Buttermere.

"I was having a lovely time strolling along and gradually I got a growing sense of — you know when you know you're in trouble? That feeling grew and grew."

Police officers examine the car that Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond crashed in, at Elvington airfield near York.   (Photo by Owen Humphreys - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Richard Hammond's 2006 crash. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Hammond detailed how he later shared the dream with his wife Mindy and she told him what she was doing in the hospital room at the same time: "Apparently she roared and screamed and swore at me 'don't you dare die'. And that's when I turned back from this tree in my dream. And that's when I woke."

He then mused: "My last thought took me somewhere I love and somewhere I'm happy. And that last thought, if I had shut down and stopped, would have echoed, as far as I was concerned, for all of eternity. And I've found immense comfort from it ever since."

Richard Hammond gets back in car that nearly killed him. (Amazon)
Richard Hammond gets back in car that nearly killed him. (Amazon)

Hammond was in a coma for two weeks following the crash and spent five weeks in hospital, later admitting that he could not remember around a year of his life after coming out of intensive care.

The broadcaster also struggled with depression after the crash.