Jack­son in hos­pi­tal

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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.

The new un­known.

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.

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