TV star Ba­con re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing in week­long coma

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Richard Ba­con is re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing in in­ten­sive care in a med­i­cally in­duced coma, his mother has said.

The TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter, 42, fell ill while trav­el­ling to Bri­tain from the US, where he now lives, and was taken off the plane in a wheel­chair. Chris­tine Ba­con told the

“He was hav­ing a lot of oxy­gen ven­ti­la­tion .... as well as lots of antibiotics.

“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.”

She told the news­pa­per: “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.”

She added: “The doc­tors have said that he is very dis­tressed and con­fused, af­ter be­ing in a coma for a week... and that we need to keep talk­ing to him and re­mind­ing him of where he is.

“There’s a long way to go yet, but this is a very pos­i­tive step and it has eased my mind.”

She also tweeted, thank­ing peo­ple for their sup­port, say­ing: “As many peo­ple know, my son, Richard Ba­con, has been in a med­i­cally in­duced coma, in in­ten­sive care, for a week, but he’s young, he’s fit, and the NHS have been bril­liant, and I’m sure he’ll come through this. Been very wor­ry­ing. We’ve re­ceived so many lovely mes­sages.”

Last week, Ba­con told his Twit­ter fol­low­ers that he was in an A&E de­part­ment on the NHS’s 70th birth­day, jok­ing: “I don’t like to miss a party.”

But his sis­ter, Juliet, later wrote on In­sta­gram that the for­mer Blue Peter pre­sen­ter was in an in­duced coma.

“This is my sev­enth day vis­it­ing my brother, who’s been in an in­duced coma since last Thurs­day. Just so grate­ful to the NHS x,” she wrote.

Ba­con tweeted last week: “Thank God I got ill in Bri­tain (ac­tu­ally on the way to Bri­tain, was taken off the plane in a wheel­chair). F*** all the ide­ol­ogy-driven politi­cians, who’ve messed up Amer­ica’s health­care sys­tem. Viva the NHS. Happy 70th.”

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Ba­con said in tweets that his con­di­tion ap­peared to be pneu­mo­nia. Ba­con re­vealed ear­lier this year that he had been di­ag­nosed with at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der (ADHD).

Picture: Getty

Richard Ba­con: Fell ill while trav­el­ing to UK.

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