Richard Bacon has spoken out after waking up from a medically-induced coma, with family worrying he was “close to death”.
The Blue Peter star, 42, took to Twitter after being rushed to hospital with a mystery lung condition and failing to respond to treatment.
He began: “So I did 6 days strght in a coma. Been here another 4 since. It’s an yet unidentified double chest infection. I nearly died. At one point, as I was as run down a hallway to ICU at midnight, with a massive needle jammed in my chest (but like Pulp Fiction) I thought, this is it. (sic)
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“How’s is this going to affect my kids’ lives? Who’s going to sit my poor dad down and say ‘I’m sorry, we did everything we could’. But then I didn’t die. And I didn’t die because I’m on the NHS. VivaTheNHS. See you for your 100th. By which time I probably will have pneumonia.”
He finished by writing: “This is how good Lewisham Hospital is. I walked in off the street simply complaining of being short of breath. With 90 minutes they had placed me into a life saving six day coma. #VivaTheNHS.”
It comes after Richard’s mum, Christine Bacon, advised that while he wasn’t fully conscious, he was “getting better” after they had previously feared that he was close to death.
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“He was having a lot of oxygen ventilation, a lot more than a normal person would need, through a pipe, as well as lot of anti-biotics,” she told the Nottingham Post.
“They kept him like that for a week and we hadn’t left his side, at one point we really felt we might lose him. That went on until his temperature went down and then on Wednesday they did a tracheostomy to improve his breathing and bring him off sedation.
“It was such a relief when he opened his eyes. Although he is not responding to us very well yet, we can see that he is getting better.
“The doctors have said that he is very distressed and confused after being in a coma for a week, which you can understand, and that we need to keep talking to him and reminding him of where he is.
“There’s a long way to go, but this is a very positive step and it has eased by mind,” she added.
Doctors took emergency action to put him into a coma after he was struck down with an unknown illness and failed to respond to treatment.