Star back to health.. and back on Street

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

Coro­na­tion Street star Mal­colm Heb­den will re­turn to the show af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a heart at­tack.

The 78- year- old was struck down last year by a “silent” heart at­tack and spent three weeks in an in­duced coma af­ter be­ing op­er­ated on.

But Heb­den, who has played nosy shop­keeper Nor­ris Cole for 25 years, vis­ited Cor­rie’s ITV stu­dios in Manchester two weeks ago to dis­cuss his re­turn.

One cast mem­ber said: “I was so pleas­antly sur­prised to see him. It has been a long bat­tle back to fit­ness but he looks bet­ter than I could have imag­ined.

“It’ll be great to have him back. The show has missed him and we’ve missed him.”

It is be­lieved dis­cus­sions took place with pro­duc­ers to en­sure his re­turn will be grad­ual and his in­volve­ment will take his health into con­sid­er­a­tion.

A source said: “Mal­colm’s health is the most im­por­tant thing and show bosses are very aware of that. They are re­ally look­ing af­ter him.”

The ac­tor was treated at the Lan­cashire Car­diac Cen­tre in De­cem­ber.

He was then trans­ferred to Black­burn Royal Hos­pi­tal for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Speak­ing in July, he said: “Most of De­cem­ber I was in an in­duced coma, in the care of these bril­liant, won­der­ful peo­ple at the Car­diac In­ten­sive Care Unit.

“For­tu­nately, I didn’t re­alise how bad it was – I was dy­ing. The car­diac team sim­ply saved my life.”

RE­COV­ERY Heb­den

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