TV presenter Bacon out of medically induced coma
The television 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 yesterday that 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.”
Bacon fell ill on flight from the US and was taken eight days later to Lewisham hospital in south-east 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).”
Doctors reportedly put Bacon in an induced coma after he failed to respond to treatment for pneumonia, which had spread to both lungs.
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 latenight show on weekends. Bacon then worked 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.
Richard Bacon was put in an induced coma by doctors at a London hospital after he failed to respond to treatment for pneumonia