News Keys’ thanks for ‘sav­ing life’

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

FOR­MER Sky Sports pre­sen­ter Richard Keys marked the New Year by thank­ing med­i­cal staff who he said had “saved his life”.

The Cov Kid, who now hosts a foot­ball show for Mid­dle East-based BeIN Sports, took to Twit­ter to thank doc­tors and nurses at the Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field Hospi­tal in Chelsea, Lon­don, a spe­cial­ist heart and lung cen­tre.

The 60-year-old Coven­try City fan posted a tweet on New Year’s Eve ac­com­pa­nied by a pic­ture of him­self in a hospi­tal bed hooked-up to an oxy­gen mask and drip.

He wrote: “Emo­tional now & I’ll re­gret this to­mor­row. “Not a great year, mostly my fault - but this wasn’t. “Thank you to every­body @RBandH (Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field) for sav­ing my life & let­ting me see 2018. “Let’s all have a happy & healthy New Year.” Although Mr Keys did not spec­ify the con­di­tion, or when the photo was taken, it has since emerged he un­der­went heart surgery for a clogged artery in the sum­mer. It has been re­vealed Mr Keys was ad­mit­ted af­ter his es­tranged wife Ju­lia be­came con­cerned about his health and forced him to see a doc­tor in Qatar about his high blood pres­sure. The 57-year-old mother-of-two said she had con­cerns about his health be­fore they split. Mrs Keys, a trained psy­chother­a­pist, told The Sun: “If it wasn’t for me, he’d be dead by now.

“When I was liv­ing out in Doha with him I took his blood pres­sure one day and I no­ticed it was re­ally high.”

She said Mr Keys was di­ag­nosed with a tho­racic aor­tic aneurysm af­ter vis­it­ing a GP in Doha.

He re­turned to the UK to see a con­sul­tant last sum­mer, ac­com­pa­nied by Mrs Keys.

Mr Keys was told that he could un­dergo surgery but that it was not im­me­di­ately re­quired.

Mrs Keys said: “Richard was say­ing he’d rather wait but I said, ‘Ab­so­lutely not. You’re go­ing to get this done now be­cause I don’t think it should be left.’

“When they opened him up, they said he would have dropped down dead within a month.”

Mr Keys left Sky Sports in 2011 when record­ings of com­ments by him­self and fel­low pun­dit Andy Gray about fe­male match of­fi­cials were made pub­lic.

The pre­sen­ter later apol­o­gised for what he said about fe­male as­sis­tant ref­eree Sian Massey, also from Coven­try, and la­belled it “pre­his­toric ban­ter”.

He is now con­tracted to Qatar­based BeIN Sports un­til the World Cup in that coun­try in 2022.

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