Singer Morrissey cheated death as a baby and was in hospital for months as his parents were warned he would not survive a mystery illness. The former The Smiths star suffered an unknown condition shortly after he was born in 1959 and his mother and father were advised by doctors to prepare for the worst. Medics at a hospital in Manchester, England performed surgery on the young boy's stomach and throat and he managed to survive the scare by the skin of his teeth. In his newly-released autobiography, the star writes, "Naturally my birth almost kills my mother, for my head is too big, but soon it is I, and not my mother, on the critical list at Salford's Pendlebury Hospital. I cannot swallow and I spend months hospitalized, my stomach ripped open, my throat pulled wide, my parents are warned that I am unlikely to survive. Disappearing beneath a mass of criss-crossed blanket stitches, I grip onto the short life that has already throttled me."