Pre­sen­ter Ba­con in med­i­cal coma af­ter flight from US

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY SHERNA NOAH

RICHARD Ba­con is in a med­i­cally in­duced coma days af­ter the broad­caster posted an im­age of him­self in hos­pi­tal.

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.

Last week, he told Twit­ter fol­low­ers he was in an A&E de­part­ment on the NHS’s 70th birth­day, jok­ing: “I don’t like to miss a party.” But now his sis­ter Juliet has writ­ten on In­sta­gram that the for­mer Blue Peter pre­sen­ter has been 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.

BBC Ra­dio Not­ting­ham pre­sen­ter Dean Jack­son, a long-time friend, told the BBC: “He’s been in that state (an in­duced coma) for a week.

“The treat­ment they’re giv­ing him is to give him plenty of oxy­gen and they’re look­ing at re­duc­ing the seda­tive and bring­ing him round in the very near fu­ture — that might hap­pen to­day.”

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, he said in tweets that his con­di­tion ap­peared to be pneu­mo­nia.

Ba­con said this year he was di­ag­nosed with at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der (ADHD).

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