Jackson in hospital
Weeks before filming begins on the $670 million Hobbit movies which will be partly filmed on location in Matamata, director Sir Peter Jackson was rushed to hospital with an agonising stomach complaint.
Although nothing has been confirmed, rumours have circulated that Mr Jackson was in Matamata last Friday.
Mr Jackson was admitted to Wellington Hospital and underwent emergency surgery on a per-
associ- forated ulcer, commonly ated with stress.
The condition could have been made worse by stress, a doctor said.
The Hobbit publicist Melissa Booth said Mr Jackson was resting comfortably and doctors expected him to make a full recovery.
The operation would mean a slight delay to the start of filming on the two-part feature originally due to begin next month.
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Surgery is needed when an ulcer burns though the stomach lining, leaving a hole for acid and food to enter the abdominal cavity.
Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author JRR Tolkien suffered from a perforated ulcer before he died in 1973.
Mr Jackson famously shed a large amount of weight after directing The Lord of the Rings,
was which he put down to a better diet and exercise. The doctor said an ulcer could be painless but patients usually felt a ‘‘gnawing’’ discomfort in the upper abdomen.
Perforated ulcers led to a sudden onset of severe pain and a patient would find it difficult to move because of inflammation.
They were usually caused by infection or medicines such as anti-inflammatories and aspirin.
Patients usually recovered from the surgery in two to six weeks.