TV host Ba­con brought out of in­duced coma

Gulf Times - - BRITAIN -

The TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Richard Ba­con has been brought out of a med­i­cally in­duced coma af­ter be­com­ing se­ri­ously un­well with sus­pected pneu­mo­nia.

Ba­con’s mother, Chris­tine, said he was out of the coma but not yet fully con­scious. She said that her son was “get­ting bet­ter”.

In an in­ter­view with the Not­ting­ham Post, she said: “It was such a re­lief when he opened his eyes, al­though his not re­spond­ing to us very well yet we can see that he is get­ting bet­ter.

“The doc­tors have said 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.

“It’s been so wor­ry­ing. We have spent so many hours by his bed­side with him not know­ing we are there. The NHS has been ab­so­lutely bril­liant.”

She added: “There’s a long way to go yet, but this is a very pos­i­tive step and it has eased by mind.” Richard Ba­con be­came ill on flight from the US and was taken eight days later to Lewisham hospi­tal in south­east London.

The for­mer BBC Ra­dio 5 Live pre­sen­ter, whose first ma­jor job was host­ing Blue Peter was well enough when he was ad­mit­ted to tweet pho­tos, say­ing: “Thank God I got ill in Bri­tain (ac­tu­ally on the way to Bri­tain, was taken off the plane in a wheel­chair).” He also up­dated his fol­low­ers with a pic­ture of the emer­gency depart­ment when he ar­rived.

Doc­tors re­port­edly took the de­ci­sion to put Ba­con in an in­duced coma af­ter he failed to re­spond to treat­ment for pneu­mo­nia, which had spread to both lungs.

His sis­ter posted an up­date say­ing that his con­di­tion had wors­ened and he had had a tra­cheotomy to help him breathe. Juliet Ba­con said she had been vis­it­ing him in in­ten­sive care for a week.

Ba­con started his ca­reer on BBC Ra­dio Not­ting­ham be­fore go­ing on to present TV shows in­clud­ing the Big Break­fast and Top of the Pops.

He joined 5 Live to present the late-night show on week­ends. Ba­con sub­se­quently worked as an an­nouncer for BBC 7 (now Ra­dio 4 Ex­tra) and then as a DJ for Cap­i­tal FM, fol­lowed by Xfm London. He has a show on Fox TV and lives in Los Angeles.

The Ra­dio Not­ting­ham pre­sen­ter Dean Jack­son, who helped launch Ba­con’s ca­reer, said he was be­ing kept in a coma to get more oxy­gen into his sys­tem, but doc­tors hoped to re­duce the seda­tive soon.

“It’s been so wor­ry­ing. We have spent so many hours by his bed­side with him not know­ing we are there. The NHS has been ab­so­lutely bril­liant”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Qatar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.